Islamabad, December 28, 2020 (PPI-OT): Dear Pakistani Friends,
I would first like to wish you all a happy new year.
The year 2020 is coming to an end, leaving behind both sweet and bitter memories. Looking back, 2020 was a very challenging year as the devastating novel coronavirus pandemic gripped the entire world.
Despite the hardships, I am happy to note that the relations between Japan and Pakistan remained steadfast and grew further stronger. Japan and Pakistan continue to face the challenges together such as floods, locusts, and the novel coronavirus. I would like to pay tribute to the resilience, endurance and courage of the people of Pakistan in the face of coronavirus pandemic and other natural disasters.
As a traditional friend of Pakistan, the Government and the People of Japan have continuously extended support to Pakistan on combatting the novel coronavirus. Japan delivered diagnostic kits in the beginning of February, three weeks before the first case was reported in Pakistan, provided a total of USD 7.41 million to Pakistan through international organizations and extended a grant assistance of JPY 1 billion (approx. USD 9.5 million) for enhancing Pakistan’s capacity to confront COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
2020 also heralded a new dawn for peace and stability in the region with the signing of a peace agreement between the U.S. Government and the Taliban in February and the agreement on the procedures of the peace negotiations between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban in December. The Government of Japan welcomes this development and appreciates the role played by Pakistan.
The New Year brings many exciting things in store for all of us. Among them area the Tokyo Olympics, now scheduled to be held in July 2021 and the Tokyo Paralympics scheduled in August 2021. I look forward to seeing the world unite through the power of sports.
The Embassy of Japan and I will continue working with our esteemed partners in Pakistan to contribute to peace, stability and development. It is my firm belief that the friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan would grow further stronger in the years ahead.
I once again wish you all health, prosperity and happiness in 2021 and pray for the realization of your beautiful dreams and hopes in the New Year.
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan
For more information, contact:
Embassy of Japan in Pakistan
53-70, Ramna 5/4, Diplomatic Enclave 1,
Islamabad 44000, Pakistan