FM Bilawal lands in Tokyo for ‘revival of leadership-level contacts’


TOKYO, JUL 1: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Saturday reached Tokyo for a four-day official visit to Japan at the invitation of the government.

Upon arrival, he was received by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Japan Raza Bashir Tarar, officials from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and a large number of Pakistan community members, according to an official statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The foreign minister’s visit signals the revival of leadership-level contacts with Japan after a considerable hiatus.

A child presents a bouquet of flowers to the foreign minister at the airport. — Twitter/@ForeignOfficePk

During the visit, the foreign minister will hold delegation-level talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, the spokesperson, in an earlier press statement, said.

Bilawal will call on Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, besides, he will also hold a meeting with National Security Adviser of Japan Takeo Akiba.

The foreign minister will also deliver a talk at the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), which is a renowned think tank of Japan.

“Pakistan and Japan enjoy a long-standing time-tested relationship characterised by warmth, cordiality and commonality of views on issues,” it was added.

During his stay, he is also expected to interact with senior officials and executives representing prominent business houses and entities related to the import of Pakistani manpower to Japan.

It is pertinent to mention here that Foreign Secretary Dr Asad Majeed Khan has already reached Tokyo to partake in important meetings along with FM Bilawal.