Tajiks want access to the sea through Gwader

November 25, 2010

Tajikistan wants access to sea through Gwadar.

Pakistan and Tajikistan on Wednesday agreed to further strengthen their existing bilateral relations through increased co-operation in diverse fields, including trade and economy, energy, infrastructure, transportation, communication and people-to-people interaction.

This was agreed between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon during a bilateral meeting held here on the sidelines of the annual SCO Heads of Government Council (HGC) meeting scheduled for Thursday. During the meeting, held at Qasr-e-Millet–Palace of the Nation–the two leaders had one-on-one meeting, which was later followed by delegation level talks.

DUSHANBE (November 25, 2010) : Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and his counterpart from Tajikistan Okil Okilov met here Wednesday and discussed the ways and means to further strengthen their bilateral relations and co-operation in various fields for mutual benefit.

The two leaders, who met here in the Tajik capital on the sidelines of the 9th SCO Heads of Government Council meeting being hosted by Tajikistan on Thursday, also discussed the situation in the region as well as other matters of regional and international importance. During the meeting which was held here at Dacha (State Guest House), Prime Minister Gilani was assisted by Minister for Water and PowerRaja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar, Foreign Secretary Salman BashirPakistan‘s Ambassador in Dushanbe Khalid Usman Kaiser and senior officials.

The Tajik Prime Minister expressed keen interest in his country’s access to the Pakistani sea through Gwadar Port and hoped that the joint concerted efforts of Pakistan and Tajikistan and the agreement of Afghanistan to build the road link between the two countries through Wakhan strip will materialise.

The two Prime Ministers agreed to further strengthen their existing bilateral relations through increased co-operation in diverse fields including trade and economy, energy, defence, infrastructure, transportation and communication.

Prime Minister Gilani thanked the government of Tajikistan for providing humanitarian assistance in the wake of recent devastating floods. He said the present democratic government in Pakistan attaches great importance to its bilateral relations with Tajikistan and has given new impetus to its ties with the brotherly country.

“We are keen to further strengthen and deepen our relations and look forward to President Emomali Rahmon‘s visit to Pakistan next year,” he maintained. The Prime Minister said the quadrilateral summit in Socjhi provided an excellent framework for regional co-operation.

He said Pakistan is glad to witness continuous economic progress under the able leadership of President Emomali Rahmon, adding, Tajikistan has a key role in stability and peace in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan is looking forward to an early implementation of the CASA-1000 project. He said Pakistan-Tajikistan current bilateral trade at $6.5 million in 2009 was still far below the actual potential and the two sides to take measure to boost it.

About the co-operation in the area of defence, Gilani said Pakistan wanted to assist its Tajik brothers in developing defence capabilities of its armed forces and provide training facilities at Pakistan’s military institutes. Prime Minister Okil Okilov said developing relations with Pakistan was one of the main stays of Tajikistan’s foreign policy.

He recalled the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to Tajikistan last year and said it opened a new chapter of bilateral relations and hoped that the MoUs and agreements signed during that visit would be implemented by both sides The Tajik Prime Minister also called for establishment of Joint Business Forum as agreed in the last Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) meeting to expand the commercial and economic ties.

He offered Pakistani investors to take part in the Small and Medium sized hydro-power projects in Tajikistan and hoped that in addition to seven Pakistani companiespresently registered in Tajikistan, more Pakistani investors and business houses will venture into Tajik market.

He welcomed Prime Minister Gilani’s agreement for fast-tracking the CASA-1000 project and hoped that Tajikistan will start the export of electricity to Pakistan with the completion of 220 KV transmission line project. He thanked Prime Minister Gilani for Pakistan’s support for Tajikistan’s bid for the membership of WTO. Prime Minister Gilani extended invitation to the Tajik Prime Minister for official bilateral visit to Pakistan on the occasion of 20th independence anniversary of Tajikistan next year.




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