Islamabad. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be on a visit to Japan from July 1 to 4 to strengthen ties between Pakistan and Japan. Pakistan has tried hard to strike a balance with its all-time friend China and its adversary Japan.
The Foreign Office said that during the visit, Bilawal would meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as well as hold a meeting with National Security Advisor Takio Akiba. “The foreign minister’s visit marks an exercise in reinvigorating leadership-level ties with Japan after a long gap,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
It said that Bilawal would hold delegation-level talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. He will also deliver lectures at the ‘Asian Development Bank Institute’. He is also scheduled to meet senior officials of leading business houses.
Significantly, Japan has old relations with Pakistan and has also given financial assistance to the country. But in recent years, Japan’s relations with India have grown rapidly, while Pakistan has strengthened relations with China. It is believed that this visit of Bilawal is to balance relations with China and Japan.
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