Meeting of Foreign Minister of Japan with the Foreign Minister on sidelines of UNGA Session

New York, 25 September, 2018

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono on the sidelines of UNGA Session.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed avenues of multi-faceted cooperation between Pakistan and Japan including cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment, development and educational spheres.

The two Foreign Ministers expressed firm resolve to maintain the positive momentum and further increase high level interaction between the two friendly countries. They expressed their commitment to the ideals of peace, democracy, freedom and rule of law and their shared commitment to promoting peace and security in the region and the world as a whole.

The two sides also exchanged views on the evolving peace and security environment in their respective regions and on international issues of mutual interest. Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistanís commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan and support for an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also briefed Foreign Minister Kono on Pakistanís efforts to enhance regional connectivity and development including through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He welcomed the prospect of Japanese investment in Pakistan and also invited Japanese investors to invest in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Japanese Foreign Minister on Pakistanís counter terrorism efforts, manifested in Operation Radd-ul-Fasad, that is targeting all terrorists, irrespective of their origin or orientation. He underscored Pakistanís continued commitment to fight this twin menace. Foreign Minister Kono expressed appreciation for enormous sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan in this regard and stressed the need for a common relentless effort in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

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