Talks between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan on the Telephone

November 15, 2005

   President Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan made a phonecall to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and held a talk for about 15 minutes from 9 pm on Monday, November 14th.

   At the outset, Mr. Koizumi expressed his feelings of mourning to the victims of the earthquake, and also paid respect to President Musharaff's strong leadership shown in the difficult situation.

   President Musharaff expressed his gratitude for Japan's emergency assistance. President said that he paid a visit to Japan's helicopter units the other day, and that he was impressed by the excellent work done by the Self-Defense Forces. Mr. Koizumi in return said that he received a report from the SDF that they were deeply moved by President's visit and by the fact that President himself gave words of encouragement to them.

   President Musharaff said that the current challenge is rehabilitation and reconstruction of the afflicted areas. In this regard, he said that the Pakistani Government, the United Nations, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank, are jointly carrying out a needs-finding study, and that there are needs for houses, schools and hospitals in the areas. He also noted that the "International donor conference for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the areas devastated by earthquake of 8th October" is scheduled to be held on November 19th and that the President himself will attend the meeting and will call for the support of the international community. Mr. Musharaff said that he has two requests for Japan: a dispatch of a delegation of a certain level to show solidarity, and Japan's generous support for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Prime Minister Koizumi responded that Japan will extend as much support as possible for rehabilitation and reconstruction, and that Japan will consider what kind of assistance could be possible. As for the level of the delegation, Mr. Koizumi said he will dispatch a Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.

   Mr. Koizumi said to President Musharaff that he truly respects the President's decisiveness to fight against terrorism without being overwhelmed by the earthquake. President responded that Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism and will continue such endeavor.

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