ISLAMABAD March 01 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday met the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmanov following the 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad.
While welcoming the Tajik President in Islamabad, the Prime Minister emphasized the nature of close fraternal relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan, based on shared goals of peace, prosperity and progress. He stressed that regional connectivity is crucial for ECO and the outcome of the 13th ECO Summit will enhance cooperation among ECO member states in areas of trade, energy, agriculture and industry.
The Prime Minister expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives and destruction of infrastructure due to impact of recent adverse weather in Tajikistan. The Prime Minister informed the Tajik President that Pakistan would provide assistance worth of Rs.500 million for the people of Tajikistan at this difficult juncture.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress achieved so far in the economic sphere particularly with regard to CASA-1000 Project which will soon move into construction phase. The Prime Minister underscored the need for further enhancing trade, energy and defence cooperation.
The Tajikistan side thanked Pakistan for supporting the in principle approval of Tajikistan’s accession to the Quadrilateral Transit Traffic Agreement (QTTA) which would enhance connectivity and trade between the two countries.
The President of Tajikistan lauded Pakistan on hosting the 13th ECO Summit and extending warm hospitality. He reaffirmed the commitment of Tajikistan to further strengthen the relations between the two countries in all spheres including political, trade, energy and defence.