KARACHI

Pakistan and Japan enjoy close and warm friendly relations and efforts are on to further cement the trade ties between the two countries.

This was stated by Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata, while talking to chairman of Afeef Group and Diplomatic Call International Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui at a meeting held here. He said Pakistan is an important country of the region and trade relations with it would further be improved. Japan would cooperate with Pakistan in energy and other sectors, he said adding that education and health are also priority sectors. The Ambassador said scholarships and necessary facilities would be given to the Pakistani students in Japanese educational institutions.

He said under the policy of education for all, the doors of the Japanese educational institutions are open for students. He said more than 10,000 Pakistanis live in Japan and they are being provided all facilities. The sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war against terror are praise worthy, he added. He also expressed grief over the killing of school children in Peshawar.

Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui speaking on the occasion said that Japan has always assisted Pakistan at every difficult time. He said when floods and other natural calamities hit Pakistan, Japan gave valuable assistance to Pakistan, which is praised by all Pakistanis.

CEO of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) SM Muneer who was also present, stressed for increasing bilateral trade between the two countries.