Pakistan, Tajikistan sign agreements for strategic cooperation
DUSHANBE: (Web Desk) During Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Tajikistan in presence of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, a number Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed between the two countries.

Addressing a joint news conference with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe, Shehbaz Sharif urged for increased trade, investment, and connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan, as per Radio Pakistan. He stressed a need for further cooperation in diverse fields such as agriculture, education, health, and trade.

"Numerous Memorandums of Understanding were signed today between the two countries, which will be instrumental in furthering our relations," said Sharif. He highlighted the strategic partnership agreement’s importance, congratulating Tajikistan for its role in strengthening brotherly relations and expanding cooperation.

The prime minister stressed the necessity of rail connectivity between Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and the port of Karachi, to boost regional trade and integration.

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Sharif mentioned that the CASA-1000 project under bilateral cooperation is expected to be completed next year, bringing prosperity to the region.

He also held a one-on-one meeting with President Rahmon, and discussed the China-Tajikistan and Afghanistan corridor.

Sharif said the significant sacrifices had been made by both Pakistan and Tajikistan in war against terrorism. He noted, "Pakistan is ready to offer its cooperation in fighting the scourge of terrorism.” He highlighted Pakistan s commitment to collective efforts against terrorism.

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Regarding global challenges, the premier condemned the ongoing oppression in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Gaza. "Peace in South Asia will remain elusive until the Kashmir dispute is resolved in light of UN Security Council resolutions," he stated.

He thanked President Rahmon and the people of Tajikistan for their warm welcome and extended an invitation to the Tajik president to visit Pakistan.

Upon arrival at Qasr-e-Millat, the prime minister was warmly welcomed by the president, followed by a guard of honour from the Tajik armed forces.

The president underscored the cordial and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan. The leaders discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in various fields and improve regional connectivity and linkages between their peoples.

"Pakistan offers immense potential for foreign investment in numerous sectors," Prime Minister Shehbaz stated, inviting Tajikistan to explore these opportunities.

Prime Minister Shehbaz also laid a wreath at the monument of Tajikistan’s national hero Ismail Somoni, a revered historic figure who significantly developed the region during his rule in the 9th and 10th centuries.