Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad today,distributed books, school bags, stationary and items of winter clothing among 200 Afghan refugee children.
Addressing the ceremony, Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the generous hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan to their Afghan brothers and sister during the last four decades. At any given point during these years, on average over three million Afghans have been living in Pakistan. He stated that Pakistan had ensured education facilities to the Afghan refugees at par with its own citizens and will continue to invest in the education of the refugee children as it is the real investment for a prosperous future of Afghanistan. He also underscored the importance of trilateral cooperation between Pakistan-China-Afghanistan for peace in Afghanistan and the region, deepening connectivity, mutual development and economic prosperity.
On this occasion, Ambassador of China Yao Jing appreciated Pakistan’s continued hospitality to millions of Afghan refugees and expressed his country’s desire to work for expanding trilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interests. The Afghan C.d’A thanked Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees for almost four decades and stated that the trilateral cooperation will contribute towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. KentaroSonoura, met the Foreign Minister today. While welcoming Mr. KentaroSonoura, the Foreign Minister said thatPakistan regards Japan as a close friend and a key economic partner.
The National Security Advisor expressed his earnest desire to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Japan in the days to come. He said that Japan recognizes the efforts and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in fight against the menace of terrorism. Foreign Minister appreciated Japan’s acknowledgement of sacrifices and contributions made by Pakistanin the global fight against terrorism and Japan’s commitment to work closely with Pakistan in this regard.
Foreign Minister reiterated that the Government was focusing on socio-economic uplift of the people of Pakistan and furthering regional peace and stability. While briefing the Japanese side on CPEC, an economic undertaking between China and Pakistan, he invited Japanese investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and assured facilitation to Japanese investors in all sectors.
Both countries expressed firm resolve to further increase high level interaction between the two countries. They exchanged ideas on enhancing cooperation in political, defense, economic and commercial sectors. The Foreign Minister welcomed the upcoming sixth round of Joint Government Business Dialogue scheduled to be held on December 10, 2018, in Tokyo and hoped for concrete outcome of the meeting.