Japanese Ambassador bids farewell to Pakistan

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Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan, Matsuda Kuninori

Islamabad, 22 October 2021 (TDI): The Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan, Matsuda Kuninori bid farewell upon his completion of service in Islamabad. His tenure lasted for 2 years and 10 months. His services to bolster ties between Pakistan and Japan are noteworthy, especially in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently, owing to his efforts, Japan gave aid to Pakistan for procurement of Covid-19 vaccines’ storage equipment.

Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan (R) with Prime Minister Imran Khan (L)
MESSAGE OF MATSUDA KUNINORI

The Ambassador, in his message, said that unfortunately, the pandemic hindered the movement of people and economic activities between Japan and Pakistan. Nevertheless, the pandemic has highlighted the significance of a digitized work environment. As a result, the world, including Japan has utilized outstanding human resources in Pakistan through the Internet.

ECONOMIC COOPERATION DURING HIS TENURE

He said that Pakistan has immense potential because of its population. It can become a consumer market and a wealth of human resources. Effective utilization of such resources will irrevocably benefit the economies of Japan and Pakistan. Under the ambit of economic cooperation, Japan has endeavored to improve its social and economic infrastructure. Japan has helped Pakistan in the fields of health, water and sanitation, disaster prevention, education, and infrastructure development for export industries.

Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan
DEFENSE TIES UNDER MATSUDA KUNINORI’S SERVICE

Additionally, during Matsuda Kuninori’s tenure, the defense ties between the two nations have deepened with the intent to stabilize Pakistan as well as the region. The Japanese forces have participated in many joint exercises during these two years. The participation of the destroyer of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, in AMAN21; organized by the Pakistan Navy for the first time in February this year, is an example improving defense ties.

FUTURE EXPECTATION FOR BOTH ALLIES

He enunciated his expectation of increased cooperation between Pakistan and Japan. The coming year will mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries. According to him, it will be a great opportunity for the burgeoning relations.

Pakistan and Japan both are gradually overcoming the threat of Covid-19 by cooperation. This includes the procurement of vaccines and relevant medical equipment. However, there’s a need to increase mutual visits by the relevant officials and exchanges of tourists and business-related people. This will, in the long run, increase the momentum to enhance the ties.

MATSUDA KUNINORI EXPRESSED GRATITUDE

At the end of his message, he expressed his gratitude for the hospitality he experienced from the people of Pakistan. He also appreciated the efforts of the Japanese Embassy staff in Pakistan for their understanding and support.

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