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Pakistan-Japan to enhance mutual defense collaboration

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Islamabad, 6 April 2024 (TDI): Wada Mitsuhiro, Ambassador of Japan called on Minister for Defense, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Minister for Defense expressed that Pakistan-Japan diplomatic, military and economic relations are based on the principles of goodwill and mutual trust for each other.

He desired that Japan would help create economic activities in Pakistan as well as bring investment in maritime and industrial manufacturing sectors.

Minister also commended the efforts of Japanese Government for regular holding of Pakistan-Japan Politico-Military and Military to Military Dialogues, adding that such interactions are a concrete expression of the desire of both the countries to enhance mutual defense collaboration.

Pakistan-Japan to enhance mutual defense collaboration

The visiting dignitary assured his Government’s continued support to Pakistan and to exploring new avenues of mutual collaboration.

Extension of Grant for Health Care Facility in Sindh

Previously, on April 4 WADA Mitsuhiro, Ambassador of Japan met with Dr. Kazim Niaz, Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The meeting revealed that the Government of Japan decided to provide an additional grant of JPY 671 million (approx. US$4.43 million) for “the Project for the Extension of Maternal and Child Health Care Facility in Sindh”, which was announced on 31 August 2021 with the original cost of JPY3,445 million (approx. US$22.76 million).

Under this project, a new maternal and child health center will be established at the Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, which is a public medical institution serving as the regional hub hospital in Hyderabad district.

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Ambassador WADA said, “The project is expected to benefit more than 20 million people. In terms of the project amount (JPY4,116 million/approx. US$27.19 million) and beneficiary population, this is one of the largest grant projects implemented by Japan in countries around the world.”

“I am confident that upon completion in April 2025, this project will be one of the symbols of Japan’s development assistance to Pakistan, along with the PIMS in Islamabad,” he added.

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