Moeed: Azerbaijan, Pak need to focus strengthening bilateral coop in trade


National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf on Tuesday said Azerbaijan and Pakistan needed to pay special focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, transport, connectivity, energy and Defence & Security.

The National Security Adviser (NSA) held a bilateral meeting with Secretary of Security Council of Tajikistan and NSA Nasrullo Mahmudzoda in Dushanbe, said a news release received here.

Dr Moeed said that Pakistan and Tajikistan shared the longest borders with Afghanistan and therefore needed to cooperate closely for regional peace and security.

The National Security Adviser highlighted that Pakistani seaports including Gwadar offered the most economic and efficient route to Tajikistan for its connectivity with the outer world through sea.

Moeed extended felicitations to his Tajik counterpart on assumption of Shanghai Cooperation Organisaton (SCO) chair and best wishes for successful organization of 16th meeting of Secretaries of the Security Councils of SCO Member States as well as upcoming 20th Anniversary of SCO Summit in Dushanbe in September later this year.

Both sides expressed satisfaction at the excellent bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries and reiterated their resolve to further deepen and diversify these ties for mutual benefit.

In the meeting, Tajik Secretary of Security Council, Mahmudzoda expressed gratitude on behalf of his government for Pakistan’s continued assistance in humanitarian and technical spheres including provision of trainings for capacity building of Tajik servicemen.

Mahmudzoda said that bilateral ties between Pakistan and Tajikistan are flourishing day by day and the recent visit of Tajik President to Pakistan has added yet another impetus to these ties.

He remarked that it was first bilateral meeting held by Tajik side for any visiting foreign dignitary in the newly built building in Presidential Complex in Dushanbe.

The two NSAs resolved to maintain the regular contacts for further boosting the bilateral ties.

In the meeting, NSA Dr Moeed Yusuf was accompanied by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tajikistan, Imran Haider. The meeting was held in a very frank and friendly atmosphere.—APP

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