ISLAMABAD: A Japanese delegation led by Eiji Yamamoto, Ambassador in-charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism, along with Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai met National Security Adviser Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Tuesday.
Matters pertaining to regional security and counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries were discussed.
NSA briefed the delegation on the regional security situation, with a particular reference to the role of Pakistan in fighting terrorism. The guests were fully briefed as to how the Pakistani nation stood in unison to fight the menace of terrorism. Achievements against terrorism and sacrifices made by the armed forces, intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies and people were highlighted.
The envoy acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism. “We are very impressed by the progress Pakistan has made over the years to fight terrorism. Though our experience in this field is limited, we can help by extending technical expertise, as Japan is always ready to cooperate to address the issue of terrorism,” he added.
He also stressed upon keeping a regular pace of bilateral engagements so that both the countries could have a better and secured future.
Both sides discussed matters of mutual concerns and interests, including security issues, and agreed to strengthen cooperation by enhancing interaction in future.
The delegation is here for the third round of Pakistan-Japan Counterterrorism Consultation.
3RD ROUND OF PAKISTAN-JAPAN COUNTERTERRORISM CONSULTATIONS:
Earlier, the 3rd round of Pakistan-Japan Counterterrorism Consultations was held in Islamabad. The Pakistani delegation was led by Ministry of Foreign Special Secretary (UN & EC) Affairs Tasnim Aslam, while the Japanese side was led by Eiji Yamamoto.
The two sides held in-depth discussions on various aspects of the threat posed by international terrorism and reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Pakistan briefed the Japanese delegation on the improved security situation in the country as a result of the concerted actions by all segments of the society.
The Japanese side, while reaffirming its solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks and recognising the sacrifices and successes of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, expressed support for Pakistan’s continuing efforts in this regard.
Both sides also exchanged views on the threat posed by Islamic State in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
The two sides agreed to explore further avenues for promoting bilateral cooperation on countering terrorism. The discussions were held in a cordial and frank manner. Both parties agreed to continue this dialogue in the future.