Japan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Meeting

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June 22, 2004

Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mian Khurshid Mahmoud Kasuri of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Meeting in Qingdao, China. The following is a summary of the foreign ministers' meeting.

1. Bilateral relations

(1) Minister Kasuri expressed his strong interest in strengthening trade relations along with his hope for Japanese trade investment in Pakistan to expand. In return, Minister Kawaguchi expressed her gratitude for the forthcoming remarks before underlining the importance of security for business.

(2) Minister Kasuri extended an invitation to Minister Kawaguchi to visit Pakistan. Minister Kawaguchi also expressed her intention to invite Minister Kasuri to Japan.

(3) Minister Kawaguchi conveyed Japan's support for Pakistan's membership in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), to which Minister Kasuri responded by expressing his gratitude.

2. Fight against terrorism

Minister Kasuri held in high regard Minister Kawaguchi's views in an article she contributed to a major Pakistani newspapers in May (Note: This article referred to the Japanese government's awareness of the importance of Pakistan's role in the fight against terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and the stability of the region as well as the international community. It also referred to Japan's intention to support Pakistani efforts in view of this role) and stated that Pakistan is determined to advance its fight against terrorism. Minister Kasuri also expressed strong resolve towards maintaining security in Karachi, which is a major recipient of Japanese investment.

3. Nuclear non-proliferation

Minister Kawaguchi held in due regard Pakistan's measures to enhance expert control and nuclear non-proliferation before stating that it is imperative that Pakistan takes further measures in this field, including a request for information concerning the case of Dr. A.Q. Khan, who leaked nuclear related technologies. Minister Kasuri stated that he was fully aware of Japan's concerns and pledged to cooperate on this matter.

4. India-Pakistan relations

(1) Minister Kasuri gave an account of the Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Meeting with Minister of External Affairs Natwar Singh of India, which was held on the same day, and stated that he found it an invaluable meeting as well as sharing his impression of the new administration of India as being ever more enthusiastic in improving its relations with Pakistan.

(2) With regard to the Experts' Level Talks on Nuclear Confidence Building Measures between India and Pakistan that took place from June 19-20 in Delhi, Minister Kasuri introduced the joint statement produced as a result of the meeting and attached importance to the clause which called an all nuclear power to gather for working-level discussions as well as stating that it is vital for nuclear disarmament to proceed in a universal manner and not in a discriminatory manner. Minister Kawaguchi pointed out that such efforts for nuclear disarmament were in the same direction as attaining the universal attendance of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and made a request for Pakistan to join these treaties.

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