‘New era of cooperation’: Pakistan, Tajikistan vow to expand bilateral ties


ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif stated that the development and prosperity of the entire region necessitated the establishment of energy, rail, and road connectivity with the diverse energy-rich Central Asian Republics (CARs).

During a joint press stakeout with Emamoli Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, the prime minister stated that Pakistan wanted the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project to be finished quickly to meet its energy needs.

According to him, Pakistan was the first nation to establish ties with Tajikistan some 31 years ago. From that point forward, the two nations had been appreciating great cheerful and well disposed ties.

He added that Pakistan’s prime minister stated that the two countries want to further strengthen their ties and cooperation in all areas, including energy, trade, joint ventures in agriculture and food, and so on.

In addition, Prime Minister Shehbaz stated that Pakistan placed a high value on its bilateral ties with Tajikistan because it was a gateway to the Central African Republic.

He also said that they had very productive meetings to boost trade, investment, and culture between the people of the two brotherly nations and strengthen existing ties.

The prime minister expressed the hope that the trip to Pakistan by Tajik President Rahmon “would usher in a new era of cooperation and development between the two countries.”

He also said he was happy to meet the president of Tajikistan and his delegation and that Pakistani people were overjoyed by their visit.

In response to the warm feelings expressed for Pakistan’s government and people, President Rahmon stated that his nation prioritized its ties with Pakistan.

He stated that the two nations had been working together to strengthen their friendly ties and expressed optimism that the MoUs signed would give these ties new life.

He said that during their delegation-level discussions, they talked about contacts between governments, security, the economy, the state of the world’s economy, the decline of the global economy, energy, and activities to connect the port city of Karachi.

He said they also discussed CASA-1000, agriculture cooperation, energy connectivity, joint ventures in food technology, trade, science and technology, and business cooperation between the two countries.

Additionally, President Rahmon stated that these ties were bolstered by shared characteristics between the two nations.

He added that the two sides were pleased with their security cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to tackling contemporary issues like extremism, terrorism, and radicalism together.

He added that Tajikistan and Pakistan were also closely cooperating at the global level, including the United Nations, the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and other multilateral forums. Additionally, they acknowledged the significance of coordinated global efforts for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister of Tajikistan and the President of Tajikistan were present when a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed to enhance bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas.

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