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(2017-07-05) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is visiting Tajikistan at the invitation of President of Tajikistan, H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon. On the first day of the visit the Prime Minister held delegation level talks with the Tajik President. The leaders exchanged congratulatory remarks on the 25th anniversary of establishment of bilateral relations. The Tajik leadership welcomed Pakistan’s membership of SCO confirmed last month during the SCO Summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

During the delegation level talks both leaders agreed that Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy close and cooperative relations, which are underpinned by commonalities of history, culture and faith. They affirmed the necessity to engage further for enhancing relations in trade, defence, investment, education and health sectors. The leaders emphasized the need for initiatives to promote regional connectivity for economic uplift of the region. They reiterated that CASA-1000 project is flagship project for providing electricity to Pakistan.

The talks were followed by the signing ceremony where the two leaders signed a Joint Declaration entitled “Road towards strategic partnership for regional solidarity” reaffirming the existing strong bilateral relations, need for further enhancement of the bilateral trade and economic relations and importance of peaceful and a well-connected region. Agreements for enhancing trade and education ties, were also signed.

In the Press stakeout the leaders restated that the bilateral ties between the two countries characterized by mutual respect, shared perceptions and common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region. The leaders also affirmed that both countries also share common views on major regional and international issues and cooperate closely in the regional and multilateral fora.

The Tajik Prime Minister called on the Prime Minister and both leaders discussed bilateral relations and the need to explore avenues to enhance the bilateral political relations and other areas of mutual interest.

A meeting of Joint Business Council (JBC) was also held on the sidelines of the visit. It was attended by the Ministers for trade and commerce of the two countries.

5 July 2017

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