Ambassador of Japan calls on Federal Minister for Defence
Islamabad, July 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): H.E. Mr Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan called on Federal Minister for Defence, Lt General (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, at Ministry of Defence, today. He felicitated the Honourable Minister on the successful conduct of elections in the country and expressed support of his Government for the incoming Government and people of Pakistan. He also acknowledged the enormous sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism. The Defence Minister highlighted the historical close ties between Pakistan and Japan.
He appreciated Japanese support for prosperity and development in Pakistan over the years. He expressed hope that Japan would help create economic activities in Pakistan through mutually beneficial participation in CPEC as well as considering investment in maritime, industrial manufacturing and agricultural sectors. The Defence Minister also appreciated the role of Japan in the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and South Asian Region.
He emphasized on Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate terrorism especially the success of Operations Zarb-e-Azab, Radd-ul-Fasad and Khyber-IV in Pakistan. The Minister also commended the efforts of Japanese Government for regular holding of Pakistan-Japan Politico-Military and Military to Military Dialogues, adding that such interactions are a concrete expression of the desire of both the countries to enhance mutual defence collaboration. He mentioned the potential to cooperate in the defence field and need to strengthen the existing level of defence collaboration. The Japanese Ambassador assured of his Government’s continued support to Pakistan and exploring new avenues of mutual collaboration.
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