ISLAMABAD:  Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is vital for peace and stability of the entire region.

He stated while talking to the Director General Southeast and South West Asian Affairs Department of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kazuya Nashida and Deputy Special Representative of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan Katsuhiko Takahashi in Islamabad.

The Special Assistant underscored that Pakistan regarded Japan as an important friend and development partner, and the two countries enjoyed excellent cooperation in diverse fields.

Fatemi highlighted the Prime Minister’s policy of peaceful neighborhood and non-interference in the region, and reiterated Pakistan’s desire to build a constructive and trust-based relationship with all its neighbours.

He stressed that peace in Afghanistan was vital for the peace and stability of the entire region, and enumerated Pakistan’s contribution towards facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. He also outlined the various initiatives underway for greater regional integration and connectivity, in order to unleash the economic and trade potential of the region.

The two Japanese Envoys stressed that Japan attached great importance to its relations with Pakistan, and would continue to explore ways to further strengthen the existing bilateral ties between the two sides. They also appreciated Pakistan’s role in promoting peace and stability in the region, in line with its policy for a peaceful neighborhood.

Other issues of bilateral and regional importance were also discussed during their cordial exchanges.