Pakistan, Tajikistan vow to enhance bilateral ties for mutual benefit

The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Tajikistan meet in Dushanbe. Source: PID.

DUSHANBE: Pakistan and Tajikistan today (Monday) expressed commitment to enhance bilateral ties in areas of economy, trade and people-to-people relations in line with the vision of their leadership.

The development came in a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council (SCO)

The meeting focused on issues of mutual and regional importance besides promotion of bilateral cooperation in multilateral fields. The two sides also stressed taking their cooperation at the SCO forum to the next level.

FM Qureshi also congratulated his Tajik counterpart on hosting the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers on the eve of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

He recalled that the recent visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Pakistan had further strengthened bilateral fraternal relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan. He expressed satisfaction over the commonalities of views between Pakistan and Tajikistan on regional and global issues.

Talking about the recent situation in Afghanistan, Qureshi informed his Tajik counterpart of Pakistan’s sincere reconciliation efforts for peace and said that the country was committed to continue playing facilitatory role for stability of the region.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Qureshi arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan early Monday to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).

The foreign minister was received by Tajikistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sharf Sher Alizada, Pakistan’s ambassador in Tajikistan Imran Haider at Dushanbe International Airport.

During his three-day visit, the foreign minister will lead Pakistan’s delegation at the SCO-CFM. The foreign minister will also participate in the meeting of SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, being held at the ministerial level.

He will share Pakistan’s perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and stress the imperative of a peaceful, negotiated political solution.