Pakistan committed to extend bilateral relations with Tajikistan in diverse fields: FM

FM reaffirms Pakistan’s assistance for peaceful, stable, democratic Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD- Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, after his arrival in Islamabad, today. The Foreign Minister welcomed him on a two-day visit to Pakistan and discussed issues of bilateral interest. Building on historic and cultural commonalities between the two countries, he hoped for positive and fruitful outcomes from the current visit.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed satisfaction on the upward trajectory of bilateral ties and shared that Pakistan desires to promote multifaceted cooperation with Tajikistan in all spheres, including political, trade and economic, defence and security, education and cultural contacts.

The Foreign Minister elaborated Pakistan’s efforts for enhanced engagement with Central Asian countries to build a result-oriented, sustainable and long-term partnership through its “Vision Central Asia” policy. He also highlighted the aspect of regional connectivity and integration as its important components and underlined shortest access to the sea for Central Asian states through our ports.

The Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan in the advancement of regional connectivity.

President Rahmon later had tête-à-tête with Prime Minister Imran Khan, followed by delegation-level talks. The two sides also signed a number of agreements and MoUs for deepening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

He reiterated Pakistan’s long-held view that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward.

The foreign minister was talking to Speaker of Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga Mir Rahman Rahmani at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The foreign minister highlighted Pakistan’s constructive efforts for facilitating the Afghan peace process and underlined the imperative of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire.

Foreign minister Qureshi expressed hope that the Afghan parties would seize this historic opportunity and workout an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

He underlined the need to be vigilant about the role of “spoilers”, both within and outside Afghanistan and stressed the importance of maintaining a constructive and conducive environment for advancing shared goals.

The foreign minister also underlined the need to utilize the available forums including Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) to address all matters of bilateral interest.

Qureshi emphasized Pakistan’s commitment to safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, in a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap, supported by the international community.

He further underlined the strong fraternal ties with Afghanistan were based on centuries-old bonds and affinities between the people of the two countries.

He stressed the need to deepen bilateral ties and underscored the importance of parliamentary interactions in this regard.

The foreign minister also welcomed the visiting dignitary to Pakistan for 2nd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAEC).

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