ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan and Japan enjoy genial relations validated by trade and cooperation between the two nations.

He was speaking to Takashi Kuria, Japanese Ambassador who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday. Referring to Pak-Japan vigorous relations, he said both the countries stood with each other side by side when faced with challenges.

He said Pakistan values its relations with Japan and wants to further strengthen them. Pakistani Parliament strongly desires to enhance parliamentary relations between parliaments of both the friendly countries, he added.

The speaker urged the need for regular exchanges of parliamentary delegations for facilitating all-encompassing robust bilateral relations.

Emphasizing the role of Parliamentary diplomacy, he remarked that the Parliamentary Friendship Group between Pakistan and Japan at National Assembly of Pakistan exhibits the notion of commitment to strong bilateral relations between both the countries.

Appreciating Pakistan’s economic potential, Takashi Kuria highlighted that Japan will continue to work with Pakistan in order to strengthen economic relations with Pakistan.

He endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations.

The ambassador while appreciating Pakistan sacrifices in the fight against terrorism said that Pakistan had rendered sacrifices for making the world safe.

He assured the speaker of his country’s assistance to Pakistan regarding resolving its problems and eliminating factors causing extremism and terrorism.

The ambassador appreciated Pakistan’s role in the global fight against terrorism. He further said Pakistan is an important pillar in Japan’s outreach towards South Asia.