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Pakistan and Tajikistan have expressed their resolve to multiply efforts to increase their bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe on Wednesday.

In their joint press stake out afterwards, the two leaders expressed their common desire to take bilateral relationship to new heights.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the two sides expressed satisfaction over pace of cooperation in economy, investment, trade, commerce, energy, defence production and industry. They noted with satisfaction that work on the crucial project of CASA-1000 was progressing smoothly.

The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that more business and trade opportunities would be explored by the two sides during meeting of the Joint Business Council.

He announced opening of Commercial Section in Pakistan Embassy in Dushanbe to boost bilateral trade.

He said the two countries have decided to strengthen their cooperation at international and regional forums including UN and ECO.

The Prime Minister said during talks the two sides also expressed satisfaction over bilateral defence and security cooperation. He said the first meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Working Group on countering terrorism would meet this month in Dushanbe.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan are based on the principles of sovereign equality and respect for each other.  He said the two countries are desirous of peace and stability, which is necessary for progress and development.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also held meeting with his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzoda in Dushanbe on Wednesday.  

They exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.

They also discussed measures to increase trade and investment.


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