DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with Tajik President Imam Ali Romanov in Dushanbe today.
Both the leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest and ways to expand mutual cooperation in various fields.
Talking to the Tajik President, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the main thrust of our engagement is on trade, investment, energy, connectivity, people to people contacts, tourism and culture. He said collective efforts are needed to increase our bilateral trade.
Nawaz Sharif said there should be regular exchanges of parliamentary friendship groups to take our friendship to grassroots level.
The Prime Minister thanked Tajikistan for inviting 20 children and five faculty members of Army Public School, Peshawar, to enable them to recover from the psychological trauma after December 2014 attack.
Welcoming Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Tajik President said "we are very pleased to receive the high level delegation from Pakistan".
He said relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan have a long history based on shared culture and a common religion.
The Tajik President said relations with Pakistan is one of the priorities of Tajikistan foreign policy. More than 40 bilateral agreements have been signed so far between our two countries since early 1990s.
He said last year’s official visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had opened a new page in our bilateral cooperation.
He extended gratitude to Pakistan for the support given to CASA 1000 project and said we are keen for its early completion.
He said we welcome Pakistan’s industrialists and agriculturists to hold exhibitions in Tajikistan. Tajikistan President also accepted Prime Minister’s invitation to him for visiting Pakistan.