Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for two day official visit. Prime Minister was cordially received at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Mr. Azim Ibrohim, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Sirodjidin Aslov and Deputy Mayor of Dushanbe Mr. Nazarov Burhon.
Prime Minister received guard of honor at Palace of Nation (President House, Tajikistan). Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had a one-on-one meeting with President of Tajikistan, Mr. Emomali Rahmon Sharipovich at Palace of Nation. “Pakistan has deep historical bonds with central Asian region. I wish to transform these cordial ties into a strong economic partnership.The main thrust of our engagement is on trade, investment, energy, connectivity and culture and Tajikistan has a place of prominence in our CARs policy.” Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister emphasized on the trade relations with Tajikistan and said that both countries should continue to pursue the trilateral Transit Trade Agreement with Afghanistan. Prime Minister further said that efforts to connect both countries through the land route (Chitral-Ishkasim), via the Wakhan Corridor (in Afghanistan) must continue.
Prime Minister also extended invitation to Mr. Emomali Rahmon Sharipovich, President of Tajikistan for a state visit to Pakistan.
Prime Minister also witnessed the five MOUs /Agreements signed between the two countries that included Agreement on formation of a joint working Group combating terrorism, MoU between Miniseries of Textile of the two countries, MoU on cooperation in the field of vocational training, MoU between National Library of Tajikistan and National Library of Pakistan and MoU between the Government of Tajikistan and National University of Modern Languages regarding training of the Tajik Diplomats.
Later on during delegation level talks, Prime Minister discussed bilateral relations including political, economic, and cultural fields with the Tajik delegation led by President of Tajikistan.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Tajikistan should also take measures to encourage travel and tourism. Pakistan attaches great importance to timely completion of CASA-1000 project, added the Prime Minister. “Enhancing people-to-people contacts by facilitating travel and tourism would further strengthen the relations”PM said.