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Japan’s foreign minister arriving in Islamabad on Jan 3

ISLAMABAD: Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono will arrive in Islamabad on January 3 on a two-day visit, ARY News reported on Monday.

According to the Foreign Office, the Japanese foreign minister will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his counterpart Khawaja Asif to discuss a wide-range of issues pertaining to bilateral ties between the two countries as well as regional and international peace.

This will be the first visit of a Japanese foreign minister to Pakistan since 2009.

The Foreign Office said Pakistan attached immense significance to its ties with Japan. The trade, economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries have been flourishing since 1952 when they were established.

His visit will help strengthen these ties, it added.

A message issued by the embassy of Japan earlier said the government of Japan is of the view that Pakistan plays an important role for peace and prosperity of the region and that coordination and cooperation between two countries should be further promoted with this in mind.

This visit is expected to reconfirm and strengthen the bilateral relationships between Japan and Pakistan.

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