Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan and Tajikistan would expand bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including energy, security, education, culture, and people-to-people exchanges.

He made these remarks at a joint stakeout with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe.

The Prime Minister said our forward-looking vision of further elevating the Pakistan-Tajikistan strategic relationship aims at building on these natural advantages.

Nawaz Sharif said his visit is a manifestation of Pakistan's strong desire to further deepen and broaden bilateral relations with Tajikistan.

The Prime Minister said he had wide-ranging consultations with Tajik leadership, covering a whole spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues. 

He said our bilateral trade has grown significantly in recent years.

The Prime Minister said the two countries agreed to strengthen economic cooperation by optimally utilizing the present and new institutional mechanisms and intensifying private sector interface.

He said it is important for our socio-economic development to eliminate extremism and terrorism.

The Prime Minister said the two countries have agreed to intensify their mutual consultations on Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Azeem Ibrahim in Dushanbe.

They discussed 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 (MoU) to 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.

Earlier, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Dushanbe on a two day official visit to Tajikistan he was received at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Azeem Ibrahim.

The formal reception was held at the Presidential Palace where Tajik President Emomali Rahmon welcomed the Prime Minister.

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