Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.

The understanding came at a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Islamabad.

The two leaders agreed that bilateral cooperation in trade, energy, regional connectivity, infrastructure development, security and defence sectors would pave the way for welfare and progress of the people of the two countries.

They had one on one meeting which was followed by delegation level talks.

President Mamnoon Hussain said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will provide Tajikistan with road connectivity and access to Pakistan's ports.

He said Pakistan is keenly looking forward to the early completion of CASA-1000 project, which will not only help Pakistan meet its growing energy needs, but also generate revenue for Tajikistan.

The President said Pakistan is ready to facilitate Afghan peace and reconciliation process for bringing about peace in Afghanistan, if so desired by the Afghan Government.

He said a stable Afghanistan is vital for peace and prosperity of the whole region.

On the occasion, the Tajik President said his country is desirous of having joint ventures and close cooperation with Pakistan.

He said work on CASA-1000 would begin by the mid of next year. President Emomali also extended invitation to President Mamnoon Hussain to visit Tajikistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain also hosted a state banquet in honour of President of Tajikistan and his delegation.

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