Press statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan

31.03.2021 18:54

PRESS STATEMENT

by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan  Sirojiddin Muhriddin

on the results of the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mahdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi

 Dushanbe, 31 March 2021

 

Dear Mr. Mahdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Distinguished members of the mass media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to once again express my gratitude to my colleague, Mr. Mahdum Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, for such a meaningful, constructive and fruitful conversation, which took place in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding.

I would like to remind that at the invitation of the Tajik side, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan paid an official visit to the Republic of Tajikistan on March 30-31 of this year.

In the framework of this visit, the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon will receive Mr. Qureshi. Moreover, he met with the Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Minister of Defense of the country.

Distinguished participants,

During the constructive and fruitful conversation of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, the issues of bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan in different fields were discussed and the views were exchanged on other regional and international issues of mutual interest.

We paid a particular attention to the further development and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

We are satisfied with the state of political contacts between Tajikistan and Pakistan, including at the highest level.

It should be noted that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two friendly countries is constantly developing. We are ready to use all necessary means to strengthen and expand this cooperation, taking into account the national interests of both countries.

The Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have signed a package of documents in the fields of economy and trade, promotion and mutual protection of investments, cooperation in the fields of information, culture, education, health, air communication, defense, security and others. These documents have created a favorable legal basis for the promotion and development of multifaceted cooperation between Tajikistan and Pakistan.

Dear friends,

One of the important goals of our foreign policy is to expand economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan.

In this regard, the both sides have underlined the contribution of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation to the further development of economic and trade cooperation.

Accordingly, the parties stressed the need to improve the investment and business climate and attract direct investment in the sustainable development of the economies of two countries. It was noted that the volume of trade turnover has increased compared to the previous years.

This has been proved by the holding of business fora of both countries, as well as the organization of four exhibitions of Pakistani goods in Tajikistan over the past three years. At the same time, the regular holding of the exhibition "Made in Pakistan" in Dushanbe is a good example of trade cooperation between the two countries.

We noted with satisfaction the holding of meetings of the Joint Business Council of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, joint working groups on oil and gas, energy and infrastructure, and called on for further expansion of cooperation in this area.

Tajikistan would like to express its gratitude once again to Pakistan for its comprehensive support of the CASA-1000 project and emphasizes its interest in continuing mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in the framework of this project.

In connection with cooperation in the framework of international and regional organizations, the strengthening of multilateral cooperation was emphasized within the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Islamic Cooperation Organization and Economic Cooperation Organization.

At the end of the meeting, it was expressed hope that a high-level delegation of this friendly country will take part in the Jubilee SCO Summit to be held in Dushanbe in September 2021

Dear attendees,

I wish you all good health and success.

Thank you.

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