ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk Wednesday said Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Japan and invited Japanese companies to avail the investment friendly environment in Pakistan.

He was talking to ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Takashi Kurai who paid a courtesy call on him at the prime minister’s office.

The prime minister also noted the long history of economic and development cooperation between the two countries.

Appreciating Japan’s acknowledgement of sacrifices and contributions made by Pakistan to eradicate the menace of terrorism, the prime minister said that it was time to change perception on security situation in Pakistan.

The ambassador conveyed greetings of prime minister Shinzo Abe and said Japan greatly valued bilateral relations with Pakistan and appreciated the efforts and achievements of the government and the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

He also appreciated Pakistan’s economic turnaround and growth trajectory.

He expressed the hope that Japan as a friend would continue to work with Pakistan for further strengthening of bilateral relations.

The prime minister thanked the Japanese ambassador and expressed his best wishes for his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and said that the people of Pakistan eagerly looked forward to his visit.