Pakistan considers Japan important development partner: Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 1 (APP): Federal Minister Planning,
Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said that
Pakistan considered Japan an important development partner and looks forward to expand bilateral cooperation in various sectors.

The Minister stated this while talking to Japanese
Ambassador in Pakistan, Takashi Kurai, who called on him at
Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform here.

Both sides discussed issues of mutual interest
particularly in economic area and desired to enhance it in the
coming years.

The Japanese Ambassador appreciated the economic
recovery Pakistan made in the last three years.

Ahsan Iqbal said, Pakistan and Japan had long history of
cooperation and noted that there was room to further this
cooperation.

“Pakistan desires the Japanese assistance in Karachi
Circular Railway (KCR) project, which is critical to resolve
the grave transportation problem in the mega city,” he added.

The Minister said, Pakistan also looked forward to
Japanese cooperation in infrastructure, energy particularly in
power transmission field, in which Japan has high efficiency.
He said, Japan and Pakistan could also cooperate in
agro-based industry.