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Islamabad: Pakistan and Japan would celebrate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year with exchange of high level delegations and cultural activities. The two countries enjoy multi-faceted relations and have always come forward to assist each other in times of stress.
This was stated by the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani during the courtesy call by the new Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Hiroshi Oe at PM’s House this morning.
The Prime Minister appreciated Japan’s support to Pakistan in international fora, timely assistance in the aftermath of 2005 Earthquake, the floods last year and assistance for the dislocated people. He also acknowledged Japan’s positive support in organizing Friends of Democratic Pakistan and Donors Conference in Tokyo in 2009 noting that Japan had released almost half the amount from US $ one billion pledged by their government.
Ambassador Hiroshi was also very appreciative of Pakistan’s assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. He said that the Pakistani community in Japan had also been very active in raising funds for the affected people. Their activities were largely reported by the Japanese media, he added. He said that Japan has remained engaged in support of Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme. The Ambassador informed the Prime Minister that Japan would give additional US $ 50 Million for this Programme.
The Prime Minister while thanking the Japanese Government’s consistent support in the polio eradication recalled that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s daughter Asifa was the first child to receive Polio drops from her mother when Pakistan launched the Polio Eradication Programme, the Prime Minister recalled.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for exchange of Parliamentary delegations and enhanced people to people contact. The Prime Minister invited Japan to expand its cooperation in manufacturing small affordable cars like Suzuki for Pakistan’s middle income people. Among other things, Japan’s continued engagement in development projects, infrastructure and water management projects were discussed. The importance of combination of trade and investment was emphasized.
The Ambassador informed the Prime Minister that Japan has launched a Pilot Project this year to import mangoes from Pakistan. The regular import would start form the next season he added.
The Prime Minister said that directions have been given to send mangos samples across the world to explore and cultivate markets for this important agricultural commodity. He said that Pakistan is producing one of the finest breed of mangoes in the world.
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