ISLAMABAD: Faisal Karim Kundi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Japan and wants to further strengthen them through people-to-people and parliamentary contacts.
He said that Pakistan deeply appreciates Japanese assistance in time of natural calamities in Pakistan. Faisal Karim Kundi was talking to Hiroshi Oe, Ambassador of Japan, who called on him in Parliament House on Thursday.
Kundi said that Japan has always stood by the Pakistani people in time of crises. He specially acknowledged the assistance extended by Japan in post-floods reconstruction process in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa provinces.
He expressed his sympathies over the destruction caused by Tsunami in Japan and extended all-out support for the reconstruction process. He also stressed the need to enhance contacts between two Parliaments which would be helpful for the parliamentarians to exchange views and learn from each other experiences. He also expressed the need to enhance collaboration between business communities of both the countries.
Hiroshi Oe, Ambassador of Japan agreed with the Deputy Speaker and said that his Country also attaches great value to its friendship with Pakistan and wants to further diversify it through cooperation in economics, agriculture, education, industry and fisheries. He said that Japan will always stand by Pakistan in time of need. Describing the post-
Tsunami rehabilitation process in Japan, the Ambassador said that civic amenities, communication infrastructure, electricity have been restored and the remaining work was in progress.
He appreciated the support of Pakistani government and Pakistani people residing in Japan for their assistance in the relief operation during Tsunami.
The Japanese Ambassador presented an invitation letter on behalf of Japanese Parliament to Deputy Speaker to visit Japan. The Deputy Speaker accepted the invitation and said that he would visit Japan for which dates would be mutually decided between the two parliaments.