Islamabad: Pakistan-Japan Friendship Group met under the convenership of Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq, MNA in Embassy of Japan on Wednesday. Speaker National Assembly/President (PJFG) Sardar Ayaz Sadiq especially attended the meeting. The Ambassador of Japan Mr. Hiroshi Inomata and other senior functionaries of the Embassy were also present on the occasion.
The Speaker addressing the Members of the Pak-Japan Friendship Group said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Japan and wants to further cement those through enhanced cooperation between the legislatures of both the countries.
He said that Parliamentarians could build the bridges of friendship and bring Japan more closer to Pakistan. He said that political hierarchy was continuously in contact however, the parliamentary linkages were missing.
He asked the Members of the PJFG to interact with their Japanese counterparts and exchange views and experiences.
The Ambassador of Japan Mr. Hiroshi Inomata thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and said that his country also considers Pakistan as one of its friends and economic partner.
He complimented National Assembly of Pakistan for taking initiative for establishment of Pak-Japan Friendship Group in National Assembly.
He said that similar group also exists in Japanese legislature. He said that legislators of either side could bring both the countries more closer.
He said Japanese Embassy would play its role and arrange parliamentary interaction between Pakistani and Japanese Legislators.
Later, the PJFG discussed the ways and means to carry out the activities of the Friendship Group. Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq, Convener (PJFG) decided to chalk out a tentative program of the Group for the current year. She asked the Members and the Japanese Ambassador to give their input so that the Group could be made vibrant.