PM to go away for Tajikistan on two-day go to tomorrow


ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Imran Khan might be leaving on a two-day go to to Tajikistan tomorrow, the Foreign Office (FO) knowledgeable on Wednesday.

According to FO spokesperson Asim Iftikhar, the premier might be visiting the nation on the invitation of Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon. He might be accompanied by a high-level ministerial delegation.

During his go to, PM Imran will attend the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit in Dushanbe, he added.

“The premier has earlier participated in SCO-CHS held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 13-14 June 2019 and SCO-CHS hosted by Russia on 10 November 2020 through video-conference,” Iftikhar mentioned.

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He additional mentioned that the PM will later have the bilateral section of his go to wherein he’ll maintain conferences with different collaborating leaders.

“His talks with Tajik President will cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations, especially enhancing trade, economic and investment ties with a particular focus on regional connectivity. The two countries have earlier expressed strong commitment to enter into a formal strategic partnership,” the FO acknowledged.

He added that the PM can even inaugurate the primary session of the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum. According to the spokesperson, a delegation of Pakistani businessmen can even embark on a go to to the nation’s capital of Dushanbe,” the spokesperson added.

“The Joint Business Forum will catalyze growing trade and investment relations and promote business to business contacts between the trading communities of both sides. A meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Council will also be held on the sidelines. Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy close brotherly relations underpinned by the bonds of common faith, history and culture,” he maintained.

Iftikhar added that this would be the third go to of the prime minister to Central Asia, underlining Pakistan’s enhanced engagement with the area.

“The Prime Minister’s visit is part of Pakistan’s deepened engagement with Central Asia through ‘Vision Central Asia’ policy, having revitalised focus in five key areas of political ties, trade and investment, energy and connectivity, security and defence, and people-to-people contacts,” he mentioned.

“The two countries have shared perceptions and a common desire to promote economic development, peace, security and stability in the region,” the spokesperson maintained.

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According to the communique, the SCO is an eight-member everlasting inter-governmental trans-regional organisation. It was established in Shanghai on June 15, 2001.

Pakistan grew to become an SCO Observer in 2005 and a full member in June 2017 throughout Astana SCO-CHS Summit.

Russia, China, India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan are the opposite SCO members.

The SCO additionally has 4 Observer states (Iran, Mongolia, Belarus and Afghanistan) and 6 Dialogue Partners (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka).

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