Bilateral relations imperative for tackling regional security, economic challenges: Speaker

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said on Tuesday that Pakistan attaches importance to its cultural and economic ties with Republic of Tajikistan as both countries enjoying unparallel cooperation.
He remarked that cooperation between the two friendly countries is highly imperative for tackling regional security and economic challenges.
Speaking to Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation led by his counterpart Shukurjon Zuhurov, the Speaker outlined that Pakistan-Tajikistan relations derive its strength from geo-political realities, economic interests and cultural affinities.
Appreciating the ‘Open-door Policy’ adopted by Republic of Tajikistan, Sardar Ayaz highlighted that prospects of trade cooperation between Pakistan and Tajikistan have grown manifolds.
He said that ‘The Joint Economic Commission’ between the two countries has laid grounds for new advancement in the field of commercial, economic, science and technical cooperation.
The Speaker outlined that Tajikistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in overcoming Pakistan’s power shortage and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles will benefit Tajikistan.
Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan-Tajikistan cooperation with other regional countries is central to international endeavors for a peaceful Afghanistan.
Referring to the recent Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement (PATTTTA), the Speaker remarked that this initiative will open new doors of cooperation between the three countries.
The Speaker said that Pakistan is committed to deepen cooperation with Tajikistan on various bilateral and multilateral forums including Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
The Speaker underlined the need for facilitating Central Asia and South Asia (CASA) electricity transmission projects. He further emphasized that Parliamentary diplomacy between Tajikistan and Pakistan should be given a new fillip through regular exchange of delegations.
The Speaker informed the dignitary regarding Pakistan’s commitment towards attaining sustainable goals with establishment of a dedicated secretariat in Parliament House for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Solar power project initiative that enabled Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green.
Shukurjon Zuhurov congratulated the Speaker for enabling Pakistan’s Parliament as first in the world to go green.
Tajikistan is determined to foster ties with Pakistan through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Endorsing Ayaz Sadiq’s emphasis on bilateral cooperation for tackling regional challenges, Zuhurov remarked that both the countries have great responsibility in addressing regional challenges, said a press release.
He also reiterated his commitment for expansion of trade and economic relations.=

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