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Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to increase the bilateral trade to 500 million dollars in three years.

A joint statement issued at the conclusion of two-day visit to Pakistan by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon says the two Prime Ministers directed all concerned to take effective measures to achieve the target of bilateral trade.

President Rahmon expressed appreciation for the generous offers by Pakistan for human resource development in various areas, in particular diplomacy and defence.

He also welcomed the decision by Pakistan to permit Somon Air of Tajikistan to operate on Dushanbe-Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Faisalabad or Quetta sectors and hoped for early resumption of flight connections between the two countries.

The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s offer to Tajikistan to use Pakistani sea ports for its imports and exports.

President Rahmon welcomed the development of China - Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will also facilitate connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan and other Central Asian States.

The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s support to the request by Tajikistan to accede to the Quadrilateral Agreement on Traffic in Transit among China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan. This will further improve regional connectivity.

The two leaders emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation against threats of extremism and terrorism, cross-border organized crime, drugs and human trafficking and other threats to regional and global security.

They expressed satisfaction with the growing military cooperation and committed to further strengthen the defence capability of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan.

The two leaders agreed that reform of the UN Security Council should aim at making this important body more democratic, representative, accountable and transparent.


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