Pakistan, Tajikistan agree to enhance bilateral trade

Pakistan, Tajikistan agree to enhance bilateral trade

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tajikistan have agreed to increase bilateral trade, restore aerial service and complete CASA-1000 project at the earliest.

This was stated in a joint communiqué issued after a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rehman in Dushanbe today (Tuesday).

The two countries also resolved to take bilateral trade to five hundred million dollars.

Speaking during the meeting President Mamnoon Husssain said that two countries have very close cooperation in different fields.

The Tajik President said Pakistan is not only a friend but also a brotherly country.

Addressing a news conference along with his Tajjik counterpart Emomali Rehman after one on one meeting, President Mamnoon Hussain said the two countries have decided to restore air links afresh to promote connectivity.

He expressed hope that Tajikistan will soon join quadrilateral agreement on traffic and transit, which will provide Tajikistan legal right to have access to Pakistan's ports through land routes.

The President said both the countries also reiterated to continue working together to get rid of terrorism.

He said section will be set up at Pakistan's embassy in Tajikistan to enhance cooperation in defence sectors, and all out cooperation will be extended to strengthen armed forces of Tajikistan. 

President Mamnoon Hussain said a commercial section will also be established in Pakistan's embassy in Tajikistan to enhance economic cooperation.

Earlier, a ceremony was held in Dushanbe today (Tuesday) to formally welcome President Mamnoon Hussain on his visit to Tajikistan.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon greeted the President at Qasr-e-Millat.   

National anthems of the two countries were played and guard of honour was presented to President Mamnoon Hussain.                 

The President is in Dushanbe to lead Pakistani delegation at high level two-day conference on the "International Decade for Action, Water for Sustainable Development" beginning in Dushanbe from tomorrow (Wednesday).

The conference is being hosted by Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other partners. It will focus on sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives.