Islamabad, September 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): Japan, Austria and Switzerland have underscored commitment to further strengthen existing cordial relations with Pakistan and promote mutual understanding on regional and international issues of common concerns. This was discussed by Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz with Foreign Minsters Fumio Kishida of Japan, Sebastian Kurz of Austria and Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland, in separate meetings held today in New York, on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Acknowledging the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the campaign against terrorism, the three Foreign Ministers appreciated successful counterterrorism operations conducted in tribal areas and the rest of the country. Mr. Sartaj Aziz noted that as a result of these operations, the security situation in the country has improved, which has enabled Pakistan’s economy to grow at steady and sustainable rate. He welcomed investments from Japan, Austria and Switzerland in Pakistan.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz also briefed his counterparts on Pakistan-India relations and the situation in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK). Highlighting human rights abuse perpetrated by Indian security forces with impunity in IOK, he stated that settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions, was essential for peace and stability of South Asia.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stated Japan attached high priority to its relations with Pakistan. He evinced keen interest in investment in Pakistan’s power sector. Encouraging greater interaction of private sectors of the two countries. He welcomed the visit of Pakistan’s business delegation to Japan. He also reiterated his invitation to Mr. Sartaj Aziz to visit Japan.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz of Austria welcomed the prospects of Austrian investment in Pakistan due to improved security situation. He recognized significant potential of cooperation between the two sides in renewable energy.
Foreign Minister (Federal Councillor) Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland mentioned that Swiss Development Cooperation is completing its fifty years of work in Pakistan. With improved security situation, the prospects of further expanding its work, according of Pakistan’s priorities, were positive. He offered Swiss cooperation in Pakistan’s water management sector. He appreciated Pakistan’s role in hosting Afghan refugees for the last thirty years.
Other issues discussed in these meetings were cooperation in multilateral organization, Pakistan’s application for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group, the situation in Afghanistan and ongoing conferences and themes of 71st United Nations General Assembly.
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Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan