Japan lauds Pakistan's sacrifices in war on terror

Japan lauds Pakistan's sacrifices in war on terror

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has appreciated Pakistan's sacrifices and contribution in the fight against terrorism.

The appreciation came during a meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Japanese Foreign Minister stressed the need for a coordinated international effort in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

On the occasion, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif reiterated Pakistan's commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan and support for an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

He also underscored the need for sustained commitment from the International community during the transformation phase in Afghanistan and agreed to continue working closely in this regard.

Khawaja Asif briefed the Japanese Foreign Minister about Pakistan's efforts to enhance regional connectivity and development including through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He also briefed the Japanese Foreign Minister on Pakistan's counter terrorism efforts that are targeting all terrorists, irrespective of their origin or orientation.

He underscored Pakistan's continued commitment to fight this twin menace.

The Japanese side was also briefed about Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir; and Pakistan's credentials for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The two sides also exchanged views on the evolving peace and security environment in their respective regions and on international issues of mutual interest.

While noting that the year 2017 marked the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan, the two Ministers expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations are on an upward trajectory.

They noted that the successful convening of a number of institutional dialogue processes covering a wide range of subjects over the last year clearly reflect the growing breadth and depth of the partnership between Japan and Pakistan particularly in the economic realm.

They further agreed to maintain the momentum in high level exchanges between the two countries.