Islamabad: H.E. Tamadichi Yamamoto Japan’s Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan along with H.E Mr. Hiroshi Oe the new Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan met with Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Social Sectors.
Begum Shahnaz welcomed both dignitaries of Japan and appreciated Japan’s excellent cooperation in development work in the social sector and Japan’s interest and support in education, health, technical training and its role especially in human resource development to enhance the capacity of Pakistani institutions.
She also appreciated Japan’s timely assistance for flood victims of Sindh. Mr. Yamamoto expressed his sympathy regarding Pakistan’s recent flood and assured further cooperation in future. He recognized Pakistan’s geopolitical position and its potential to play a vital role in peace and stability of the region.
He also reaffirmed Pakistan and Japan’s commitment to pursuing dialogue and seeking political solutions in Afghanistan and for security and stability of the region. They discussed the issues of common understanding on Afghanistan in the context of upcoming Istanbul and Bonn conferences in next couple of months. Mrs. Shahnaz also flagged the Afghanistan-India strategic partnership and expressed the hope that it would not have an impact on peace and stability in the region.
Mr. Yamamoto appreciated the 18th amendment which provided for devolution of various sectors to the provinces as an effort to correct the over-centralization of several decades. New Japanese Ambassador added that Japan was working with government of Pakistan to extend technical cooperation on the energy sector especially for Thar coal and Bhasha Dam and also strengthening of Mangla Dam’s structure in years to come.
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