Nawaz arrives in Tajikistan for two-day visit

By APP
Published: June 17, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon inspecting the guard of honour at Palace of Nation (President House) Dushanbe, Tajikistan on June 17, 2014. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon inspecting the guard of honour at Palace of Nation (President House) Dushanbe, Tajikistan on June 17, 2014. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon inspecting the guard of honour at Palace of Nation (President House) Dushanbe, Tajikistan on June 17, 2014. PHOTO: PID File photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Tajikistan for a two-day visit on Tuesday at the invitation of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

He was received at the airport by deputy prime minister Azeem Ibrihim. The visit is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, while giving details of the visit, said that Nawaz will be accompanied by a delegation including the Water and Power Minister Abid Sher Ali, Minister of Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi, the minister of state for foreign affairs and other senior officials.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its deep historical bonds with Central Asia and is committed to expanding mutually-beneficial cooperation with all countries in the region.

The premier’s visit to Tajikistan is reflective of this high priority and the commitment to further deepen Pakistan’s engagement with Central Asia.

The spokesperson said relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan are marked by cordiality and close cooperation in diverse fields. The two countries share similar views on major regional and international issues and collaborate closely in multilateral fora including the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

During his stay in Dushanbe, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Azeem Ibrahim on Tuesday.

During the meeting, they emphasised on matters of bilateral interest and cooperation in the sectors of energy and trade.

Pakistan and Tajikistan also signed an agreement and four Memoranda of Understanding under which the two countries will cooperate with each other for the eradication of terrorism, promotion of technical cooperation for the uplift of textile industry, professional and technical training and cooperation for the promotion of culture.

CASA-1000, a project for regional energy cooperation among Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, will also be discussed during future meetings, the spokesperson said.

Nawaz is also likely to exchange views with the Tajik leadership on the developments in Afghanistan.

Pakistan was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Tajikistan soon after the latter gained independence in 1991. Bilateral ties between the two countries are based on mutual respect, shared interests, and a common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region and beyond.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Azhar
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:40PM

    Rome was burning and Nero was VISITING.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:00PM

    The Prime Minister leaves the country and the military Chief cancels his foreign visit, obviously for the fear that in case the opponents of the Two do not bar their re-entery into Pakistan.

    Rex Minor

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  • Hopeful
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:07PM

    Is this really the time to be making such visits? You just announced a massive operation yesterday!

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  • Zee
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:39PM

    bhai business bhi to chalana hai

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  • Jibran
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:02PM

    @Azhar:
    Precisely what happens when a thekedaar, small time trader, money launderer, loan defaulter, land grabber, and commission agent with below average IQ assumes the top position.

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  • Jibran
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:10PM

    Al-Nawaz Al-Sharif has become addicted to palatial visits, royal dinners, and imperial suites. Life is too short to be wasted on the problems of the poor Pakistanis.

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  • rahul
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:18PM

    I think Prime Minster of Pakistan himself is not intrested in his own country!!

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  • Major Iqbal
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:24PM

    Country is burning and yet he goes to beautiful Tajikistan.

    Shameful….

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:23PM

    @Major Iqbal:

    He is looking for a new country in case he is given the exile one way ticket in 2014. It is the army which is using him to save their skin! He will travel during army execercises against civilians, and expand his family business interests in non European countries.

    Rex Minor

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  • a&a
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:46PM

    around the world in 80 days…….

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  • zameer
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:10PM

    Most travelled leader in the world!

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  • anshul
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:55PM

    Understand army still rules PAK whether NS stay back or not doesnt make any difference. Let him do what is in his handRecommend

  • realist
    Jun 18, 2014 - 12:44AM

    There are reports that Brazil has been inviting heads of states to watch football world cup finals. was nawaz shariff invited too?

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  • Sarah
    Jun 18, 2014 - 2:42AM

    So what do you suggest? He shouldn’t go to Tajiskistan to improve bilateral relations? Should he be selling pakora’s instead?

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  • irfan
    Jun 18, 2014 - 7:05AM

    What kind stupid people are commenting here

    This visit is extremely important especially at this time

    We must create strong alliance in the region and take a position of strength

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  • Singh
    Jun 18, 2014 - 8:33AM

    House on fire & Mian ji on vacation.
    amazing leadership!
    You guys deserve better than this.

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  • careful reader
    Jun 18, 2014 - 9:22AM

    pakistan is on fire and this nawaz sharif is visiting other countries. this is sickening

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