Pakistan, Tajikistan reiterate commitment to strengthen multilateral cooperation

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PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN MEETS PRESIDENT OF TAJIKISTAN H.E EMOMALI RAHMON AT ISLAMABAD ON 2ND JUNE, 2021.

Islamabad; 02 June 2021 – Pakistan and Tajikistan have reiterated commitment to further strengthen multilateral cooperation in future for global and regional peace and development.

In a Joint Declaration after meetings between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Islamabad, they expressed satisfaction over the excellent bilateral cooperation at the multilateral fora, including the UN, OIC, ECO and SCO.

They expressed satisfaction at the existing inter-parliamentary cooperation and agreed to have regular exchanges of parliamentary delegations for further deepening bilateral ties.

During high-level talks, the two sides accorded particular focus to bolstering bilateral economic and trade ties by exploring new opportunities and avenues, particularly in the backdrop of Tajikistan’s National Development Strategy  – 2030 and Pakistan’s development priorities shifting from geo-politics to geo-economics.

They also highlighted the role of the Joint Business Council constituted between the two countries in building direct business linkages and urged to hold its meetings regularly by the Chambers of Commerce and private sectors.

Later in a joint press stakeout, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the two sides in their talks today have specially emphasized on promotion of trade relations. He was confident that the MOUs and the agreements signed with Tajikistan will also go a long way in strengthening relations in the areas of education, defense, culture and art.

Imran Khan however noted that political settlement in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal is of vital importance both for Pakistan and Tajikistan to promote their trade. He said there is a need of such a consensus government in Afghanistan which saves the country from plunging into anarchy.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan and Tajikistan are also faced with the challenge of climate change and both sides have agreed to collectively raise their voice on the matter.  He said Pakistan backs Tajik proposal of declaring 2025 the International Year of Glacier Protection.

Alluding to the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), the Prime Minister said relations with India cannot normalize until it reverses controversial steps of 5th August 2019.

In his remarks, the Tajik President said his country considers Pakistan as a reliable and trustworthy partner at the international stage.

Noting satisfaction over the high level exchanges between the two countries, the Tajik President said we have also highlighted significant role of Joint Inter governmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation.

He said the two sides have agreed to resume business council as well as the joint working groups on energy and infrastructure as soon as the situation improves after Covid-19.

Emomali Rahmon expressed his country’s special interest in continuing fruitful cooperation of the two countries in implementation of energy related projects including CASA 1000.

The Tajik President also expressed his country’s interest in joining regional transport corridor projects. He said we have also discussed Tajikistan’s access to Karachi and Gwadar seaports.

Emomali Rahmon said the cooperation between the two countries in agriculture and food security will also help supply the region organic agriculture products.

The Tajik President reaffirmed his country’s unwavering support to Pakistan’s continuous efforts in ensuring peace in the region and countering the international terrorism.

The Tajik President and the Prime Minister also signed a joint declaration on next steps in building strategic partnership for regional solidarity and integration.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E Sirojiddin Muhriddin, held delegation-level talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2nd June 2021

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