Japan hails resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 19:26

Islamabad: Japan on Tuesday hailed the
resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan as President
Asif Ali Zardari met Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in
Tokyo.

"Prime Minister Kan welcomed the agreement between
Pakistan and India on the resumption of dialogue on all issues
following the Pakistan-India Foreign Secretary level talks in
Thimphu, Bhutan, on February 6, 2011," a joint statement
issued after talks between the two leaders said.

It said the two leaders reaffirmed that peace and
prosperity in the South Asian region is vital for realising
peace and prosperity across Asia and the world.

"In this regard, Prime Minister Kan expressed his
commitment to support the role of South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in promoting regional cooperation
in South Asia," the statement said.

President Zardari welcomed Japan`s interest in the
forum.

India and Pakistan had on February six decided to
continue to hold dialogue after Foreign Secretaries of both
countries met in Thimphu.

The two leaders decided to further strengthen
bilateral relations for a comprehensive partnership for peace
and development.

The statement said Zardari appreciated Japan`s role in
ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the wider
Asia-Pacific region, and in particular, Japan`s efforts to
promote stability and development in Afghanistan.

"Prime Minister Kan recognized the geo-political
importance of Pakistan and appreciated the significant
contributions being made by Pakistan in promoting global and
regional peace, security and stability," the statement said.

They recognised that the stability and development of
Afghanistan is vital for regional stability and stated that
both governments will continue their support to Afghanistan.

Kan appreciated the role being played by Pakistan in
fighting terrorism and extremism and acknowledged the immense
sacrifices, both human and material, made by Pakistan in the
ongoing efforts to fight terrorism and extremism, it said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 19:26

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