Qureshi, Eto explore possibilities of further strengthening Pak-Japan ties

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APP57-05 ISLAMABAD: September 05 - Chairman Japan-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship League, Seishiro Eto called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Foreign Office. APP photo by Irshad Sheikh

ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chairman of the Japan-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship League (JPPFL) Seishiro Eto on Wednesday held in-depth discussions on the entire gamut
of Pakistan-Japan bilateral relations and deliberated on the various possibilities of deepening existing ties in diverse areas including trade, investment, education and cultural cooperation.
The two sides also expressed their satisfaction at current trajectory in the bilateral relations
and agreed to maintain the momentum through continued high-level exchanges.
The JPPFL chairman called on the foreign minister at Foreign Office. Eto felicitated the foreign minister on the assumption of his office, Foreign office in a press release said.
Both sides exchanged views on the current developments in the region and reaffirmed their commitment to promote the goals of peace and prosperity of the region.
The foreign minister underscored that Japan was one of Pakistan’s major development partner
and had always supported Pakistan in testing times. Japan has played an important role in the
socio-economic development of the country and it actively participated in the Friends of Democratic Pakistan forum, and hosted the FoDP Donors Conference in Tokyo in 2009.
Both sides also reviewed the existing economic cooperation between the two countries.
Japanese development projects in Pakistan in social sectors like education and health and the
promotion of investment in Pakistan by the Japanese companies also figured in the discussion.
Referring to the recent visit of Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs last month, Eto
stressed that Pakistan-Japan relations were making historical progress.
Eto, thanked the foreign minister and said that he had been impressed by the feelings of goodwill
in Pakistan for Japan and assured of his government’s continued support to contribute to enhance
trade and investment possibilities for Pakistan.
Matters related to correct the balance of payment, which was tilted towards Japan and increased Japanese investment in Pakistan also came under discussion.
The foreign minister thanked Eto and the members of his delegation for their long-standing support
to bilateral parliamentary exchanges.
He lauded the joint efforts of the two parliaments to deepen the bilateral friendly relations.
Pakistan valued its exchanges and cooperation with the Japanese parliament, and was ready
to further such exchanges with parliamentary leaders, members, special committees and friendship
groups, he added.