President Asif Ali Zardari Monday said that Pakistan is a natural conduit for trade and energy corridors for central Asia and west Asia and called upon Japanese government to encourage Japanese investors to avail investment opportunities in special economic zones (SEZ) established in Pakistan exclusively for Japanese investors, especially in the energy, manufacturing and agro-industry sectors. The President said this during his meeting with Ms. Makiko Kikuta, Japanese Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign affairs who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Monday afternoon. The Vice minister was accompanied by Japanese Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto and Japanese Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Chihiro Atsumi. From Pakistani side those who attended the meeting included Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Malik Asif Hayat, secretary to the President and other senior officials. Matters relating to Pak-Japan bilateral relations, mutual cooperation in various areas with particular focus on the promotion of trade and investment ties between the two countries and regional situation were discussed during the meeting. The President appreciated the Japanese flood relief assistance for the flood affected people of Pakistan. He also thanked the Japanese government for their active support and pro-active involvement at FoDP Forum and the Donors Conference. He also appreciated the Japans role in the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) and thanked for the economic assistance provided through this forum. The President said that Pakistan attached great importance to its friendly relations with Japan and regards it as an important friend and development partner. He said that the mutual existing cooperation between the two countries needs to be further enhanced and asked for Japanese assistance in five broad areas including trade, development, security, energy and institution building. He also urged for further enhancing the currently existing trade volume amounting to US $ 1.6 billion between the two countries. Discussing regional situation, the President appreciated constructive role of Japan in the global and Asian affairs and said that Pakistan views Japan as an important player for peace, progress, cooperation and stability in the world. He said that Pakistan desires stability, peace and development in the region and has always supported every effort of the international community in this regard. The President said that Pakistan has always called upon the international community to focus on creating windows of opportunities for the people of the region who are affected by the menace of terrorism in order to address the issue effectively on one hand and to promote socio-economic development on the other. The President while commenting on the fight against militancy said that the Parliament had adopted the three D policy namely Dialogue, Development and Deterrence for fighting the militancy. He said that when dialogue as a tool failed the government did not hesitate to use force even though in the process its forces and people had to offer great sacrifices. However, a comprehensive strategy could not rely on force alone and had to adopt a holistic approach. That is why the government had been urging the international community to help it in the economic and educational development of the affected areas as critical tools for fighting terrorism in the long run. The President also asked for Japanese technical assistance and equipment for enhancing Pakistan's capacity to combat terrorism. The President while referring to the energy needs of the country said that Pakistan is in acute need of power generation to meet its domestic consumption and reinvigorate its industrial output and urged for Japans support and assistance in enhancing power generation capacities in Pakistan. Ms. Makiko Kikuta, Japanese Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign affairs assured continued support of the Japanese government in combating terrorism, rehabilitation of flood affectees and revival of the war and flood damaged economy of Pakistan.