Dated:2017-8-31

HE Mr Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan called on Federal Minister for Defence, Engr. KhurramDastgir Khan at Ministry of Defence

 PRESS RELEASE

 

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

OFFICE OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (MEDIA)

 

Rawalpindi, the 22nd August 2017

 

HE Mr Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan called on Federal Minister for Defence, Engr. KhurramDastgir Khan at Ministry of Defence, today. HE Mr Takashi Kurai felicitated the honorable Minister for assuming new office and highlighted that we live in a different security environment therefore we need to enhance the existing level of interaction in order to better understand each other’s perspective. He exemplified that ongoing crisis in Korean Peninsula is worrysome for the regional countries especially for Japan.HE Mr Takashi Kuraialso appreciated the enormous sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism and stated that Japan acknowledges that Pakistan is one of the most effected countries due to extremism and terrorism.

The DefenceMinister appreciated the role of Japan in the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and South Asia Region. He further highlighted the successes of military operations Zarb-e-Azab, Radd-ul-Fasad and Khyber-IV in Pakistan. He emphasized that ironically, while Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate terrorism from this region and beyond have gradually intensified in last four years, the support and recognition of our contributions by the international community have reduced.

 

Regarding the subject of Defence Collaboration, the Minister added that we are open to new ideas and suggestions in order to improve and strengthen the existing level of collaboration. He said that Pakistan’s Armed Forces have evolved/ developed elaborate training facilities and expertise in various fields including counter terrorism training and maritime security. He welcomed the officers and men of Japan Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to avail operational, technical and staff level training including the Counter Terrorism training, in Pakistan.

 

The Minister also commended the efforts of Japanese Government for holding of regular Pakistan-Japan Politico-Military Dialogue and Military to Militarydialogue and elaborated that exchange of such visits and interactions are a concrete expression of both the countries to fortify the defence relations but we must work together to increase the periodicity of these interactions.

 

Engr. KhurramDastgir Khan desired that Japan may extend assistance in relief and rescue operations supported with latest equipment for Pakistan Army’s capacity building. He stressed upon the need to draft Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Exchanges between the two countries and appreciated signing the statement of intent between NDU, Pakistan and National Institute of Defence Services, Japan in June 2016.

 

Federal Minister expressed his desire for lasting peace and stability in South Asia and Asia Pacific region and emphasized on the need for the solution of Kashmir issue in the light of UN resolutions.

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