PM reiterates to strengthen Pak-Japan bilateral cooperation, economic ties

PM emphasizes collective efforts for national security, development

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Friday while underscoring his government’s efforts for creating business-friendly opportunities, invited new Japanese companies to avail themselves of such opportunities and invest in Pakistan.

The prime minister, in a meeting with Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Mitsuhiro Wada here, assured that the government would extend all possible facilitation to Japanese investors.

Conveying Pakistan’s firm resolve to elevate this relationship to new heights, the prime minister emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral cooperation, especially in the areas of trade, development, education, IT, climate change, and infrastructure.

During the course of their conversation, views were exchanged on further strengthening the existing Pakistan-Japan bilateral relationship.

The prime minister recalled that the year 2022 was being observed as the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

He also appreciated that the special events being organized to commemorate this landmark occasion were a reflection of the special relationship that Pakistan enjoyed with Japan.

The prime minister was deeply appreciative of JICA’s ongoing programmes and meaningful contribution for supporting socio-economic and development sectors in Pakistan.

Ambassador Wada recalled Japan’s longstanding bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields and expressed his government’s commitment to working together for the achievement of shared goals and objectives.

The ambassador also conveyed Japan’s appreciation for Pakistan’s facilitation in the post-15 August 2021 evacuation of Japanese nationals from Afghanistan, following the takeover of the Taliban.

While underlining the need to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, the prime minister extended a cordial invitation to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to undertake a visit to Pakistan, at an early date. Meanwhile to another official commitment, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Friday said that the incumbent government wanted to take all the stakeholders along for inclusive development in the country. The prime minister, in a meeting with the President of Awami National Party’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter Aimal Wali Khan, said it was inevitable to make collective efforts to achieve national security and development. During the meeting, they discussed the overall political situation in the country. Federal Commerce Minister and former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also attended the meeting. Aimal Wali Khan appreciated the prime minister for taking notice of the fire in Dera Ismail Khan forests and ensuring the successful operation to control it. Prime Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says it is priority of government to take onboard all the stake holders for the collective development of the country.

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