ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi would attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday (October 22), the Foreign Ministry said.
President Alvi will leave for Japan on Sunday (today) on a five-day trip.
Heads of state and government, rulers and senior officials from around 170 countries attend the ceremony in Tokyo. Some of the key participants in the event are Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, King Abdullah of Jordan, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. Royal families from the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Bhutan would also attend the event.
Emperor Naruhito acceded to the throne in May after his elderly father Akihito resigned, the first monarch to abdicate since 1817. Akihito remained on the throne for almost 30 years.
The FO said that President Alvi, during his visit, would meet with the Japanese political leadership and interact with leading companies that have made investments in Pakistan.
“Pakistan and Japan are long-standing friends and partners. Japan is among the main foreign investors in Pakistan and an important export destination for Pakistani products, ”said the FO.
The FO hoped that the visit would help strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Japan.
Japan is one of Pakistan's key economic partners and over the years has supported development projects.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited Japan in April of this year. Both parties agreed during the chancellor's four-day visit to explore the possibility of cooperation in the human resources, IT, tourism and automobile development sectors.
Posted on Dawn, October 20, 2019