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Pakistan and Tajikistan agree to boost bilateral ties in diverse sectors

Pakistan and Tajikistan agree to boost bilateral ties in diverse sectors

Pakistan desires peaceful resolution of all issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir, PM Nawaz

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived on official visit to Tajikistan on Wednesday to boost bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

A high-level delegation, including federal ministers and officials, is also accompanying the PM Nawaz Sharif on two-day visit.

In a one-on-one meeting with the Tajik president, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan desired to maintain good relations with all its neighbours, and wanted to resolve the Kashmir conflict with India.

The two leaders emphasised close collaboration between Pakistan and Tajikistan both at the government and people level, besides giving a further boost to their bilateral relations.

Sharif said India has escalated tension at the Line of Control with Indian forces repeatedly violating the ceasefire agreement.

“Pakistan desires peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute with India,” he insisted.

The two leaders also witnessed inking of Memorandum of Understanding on trade cooperation. Minister for Commerce Ghulam Dastgir Khan signed the MoU on trade cooperation along with Tajik Minister of Economy NaimatUllah Hikmatullah Zada.

The MoU on cooperation between University of Arif Agriculture, Rawalpindi and Agriculture University, Dushanbe was signed by its Rector NaimatUllah Faiz ullah and Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

A joint declaration entitled, ‘Road towards strategic partnership for regional solidarity’ will also be signed during the visit. A meeting of ‘Joint Business Council’ is also scheduled to enhance bilateral trade and commercial ties.

According to a statement, leaders of Pakistan and Tajikistan are expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two sides will sign MOUs and agreements on different fields during the visit.

Tajikistan is also hosting a Quadrilateral Summit of CASA-1000 member states that include Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The CASA-1000 project aims at developing energy corridor and land connectivity between Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A trilateral summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan is also scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the prime minister’s visit to Tajikistan.

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