PM and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday held one-on-one meeting

July 05, 2017

 ISLAMABAD, Jul 5 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Tajik
 
President Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday held one-on-one meeting here and stressed
 
close collaboration between the two countries in trade, energy and defence
 
sectors.
 
      In a meeting held here at the Palace of Nation, the two leaders emphasized
 
on tapping the opportunity to translate their close political ties into strategic
 
cooperation. 
 
      Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Emomali expressed satisfaction
 
that Pakistan and Tajikistan were celebrating 25 years of their friendship.
 
      The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to Tajik President for the support
 
extended to Pakistan in getting membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
 
(SCO).
 
      He said Pakistan viewed with admiration the laudable socio-economic
 
development and progress achieved under President Rahmon's leadership. 
 
      He said there existed huge potential of cooperation between Pakistan and
 
Tajikistan in diverse fields and stressed increase of bilateral trade volume upto
 
Rs 500 million.
 
      He mentioned that Pakistan held three trade exhibitions in Dushanbe in 2015
 
besides a Business Forum in 2017.
 
      Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan gave utmost importance to CASA-1000 electricity
 
project which would increase regional cooperation.
 
      He said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would boost regional
 
connectivity and highlighted that the Traffic Transit agreement of Tajikistan
 
with Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan would be beneficial in this regard.
 
      He mentioned that Pakistan's coastal city Gwadar could provide a good trade
 
route for Tajikistan.
 
      Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan gave immense sacrifices in fight against
 
terrorism and extremism and mentioned that Raddul Fasaad and Zarb-e-Azb were
 
launched as counter-terror operations.
 
      Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wanted to resolve the issue of
 
Kashmir with India through peaceful means.
 
      He called upon international community to reject Indian policies on
 
Kashmir.
 
      He said peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan. 
 
      The two sides also identified the need for increased cooperation in
 
agriculture, industry, education and culture. 
 
      Later the two leaders were joined by their aides for a delegation-level
 
meeting at the presidential palace. 
 
 
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