Zardari to visit Japan from Feb 21-23

President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Japan during February 21-23 for talks with that country`s top leadership aimed at boosting bilateral and economic ties.

Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 00:10 AM IST

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari
will visit Japan during February 21-23 for talks with that
country`s top leadership aimed at boosting bilateral and
economic ties.

Zardari, who is visiting Japan at the invitation of
Prime Minister Naoto Kan, will make a state call on the
Japanese Emperor and hold summit-level talks with the premier,
said a statement from the Foreign Office.
This will be Zaradri`s second visit to Japan since
assuming office in 2008.

The President will also meet cabinet members,
parliamentarians and leading businessmen.

"The visit will provide an opportunity to brief the
Japanese leadership on (Pakistan`s) views on key international
and regional issues as well as discuss ways and means to
further expand bilateral political and economic ties," the
statement said.

Zardari`s meeting with the businessmen will help
project Pakistan as a destination for Japanese investment, it
added.

Japan is one of Pakistan`s major trading partners
and a key development partner, extending assistance for
projects in health, education and human resource development.

Japan has actively participated in the Friends of
Democratic Pakistan Forum and hosted the FODP Ministerial and
Donors Conference in Tokyo in April 2009.

It pledged one billion dollars at the Donors
Conference in Tokyo.

It also extended aid for people displaced by military
operations against the Taliban in Swat and Malakand.

PTI