Remarks by the Prime Minister at the Joint Press Stake-out with the President of Tajikistan

November 12, 2015

Your Excellency, President Emomali Rahmon,

Distinguished Members of Media,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalam-o-Alaikum

Good Afternoon

 

I wish to extend a very warm welcome to President Emomali Rahmon, and distinguished members of his delegation in Islamabad.

 

This visit of my dear brother is a continuation of our regular exchanges at the highest level, and a testimony to the importance that we attach to our fraternal ties.

 

Indeed, Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy special bond of brotherhood that is rooted in our common faith, history, and cultural affinities.

 

Tajikistan’s geostrategic location is crucial to my Government’s vision of reaching out to our friendly States in Central Asia, as it is our closest neighbour in that region. Likewise, Tajikistan is the gateway to these countries for access to our all-weather sea-ports.

 

Our shared vision of forging mutually beneficial strategic partnership derives its sustenance from these natural advantages.

 

My visits to Tajikistan in 2014 and in June 2015, and now His Excellency’s visit to Pakistan, are manifestation of our mutual desire to further deepen and broaden our existing excellent relations.

 

During this visit, President Rahmon and I held cordial and fruitful consultations on all dimensions of our bilateral cooperation, both in one-on-one meeting and together with high-level delegations from both sides.

 

We also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern. I am pleased that we have harmonious views on the issues that came under discussion.

 

The visit has helped us in comprehensively reviewing our rapidly growing fraternal ties, and we have agreed that together we will continue to further build on the goodwill and potential that exists on both sides to our mutual advantage.

 

It is heartening to note that Pakistan successfully held a Single-country, ‘Made in Pakistan’ Exhibition in Dushanbe last month. A Joint Business Council between the two countries has also been formed, the maiden session of which is being held on the side-lines of the current visit. These steps will immensely help in establishing direct business linkages between the two countries.

 

We have agreed to continue this momentum by exploring every avenue and utilizing every opportunity to further boost our bilateral trade.

 

Both the countries remain committed to increase regional connectivity through speedy development of infrastructure for the progress and prosperity of our two peoples and the region. We have discussed measures for establishing road, rail and air links for the promotion of our economic relations, people-to-people contacts and tourism.

 

We have also agreed to further expand our mutual cooperation in many fields including energy, defence, security, education, and culture.

 

Both of us attach great significance to early completion of CASA-1000 project. Once completed, it would prove to be a milestone in our bilateral relations as well as help Pakistan meet its growing energy needs.

 

During the visit, both sides have signed a number of new agreements and MoUs in different fields. I am confident that these steps would further supplement our mutual cooperation in a range of areas.

 

Our two countries consider extremism and terrorism as common threats. The world has appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices and successes in eliminating these scourges. Today, we reaffirmed our shared commitment to root out these evils from our countries and the region, through increased engagement at all levels.

 

We are equally concerned about the illicit narcotics trafficking and are determined to combat it, by utilizing all the means and channels available to us.

 

Both sides expressed satisfaction at the excellent cooperation between us, at different multilateral forums, especially the UN, OIC, ECO and SCO. We reiterated our mutual desire to further deepen the existing collaboration.

 

I shared with my brother, President Rahmon, my vision for peaceful neighbour-hood. This is so essential for socio-economic development of our peoples. We agreed that peace in Afghanistan is important for peace and stability in the region. I also shared our views on dialogue with India, for resolving all outstanding issues through a process of sustained dialogue.

 

I wish to conclude by expressing our profound gratitude to my brother, President Rahmon, for his visit to Pakistan. I wish him good health and wellbeing, and look forward to meet him again, for the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples.

 

I thank you.

 

Pakistan-Tajikistan Dosti Ta Abad Zindabad.