Diplomatic: (Pakistan, Japan hold consultative meeting in Tokyo)

ISLAMABAD: The 9th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Tokyo and reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations including political, economic and investment cooperation.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan Shinsuke Sugiyama led their countries in the talks on Thursday. They also exchanged views on regional and global issues as well as discussed cooperation at multilateral forums.

Aizaz Chaudhary briefed Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister on Prime Minister’s vision of a peaceful neighborhood underscoring the efforts made by Pakistan to promote friendly and cooperative relations with all neighbors. He also briefed on the government’s economic and structural reforms and the efforts being made to counter terrorism with full support of the whole nation.

The two dignitaries expressed their satisfaction at current trajectory in the bilateral relations and agreed to maintain the momentum through continued high level exchanges and concrete steps to further improve commercial and investment relations between the two countries.

Earlier, the Foreign Secretary paid a courtesy call on State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Minoru Kiuchi, who expressed satisfaction on the current level of bilateral cooperation.

Foreign Secretary is scheduled to interact with major think tanks in Tokyo to project Pakistan’s perspective on issues of common interest to Pakistan and Japan.

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