Islamabad, 21 March 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirajuddin Meharuddin.

During the meeting, bilateral relations, promotion of bilateral cooperation in various fields of mutual interest, regional and global issues were deliberated upon.

Foreign Minister Qureshi welcomed his Tajik counterpart to the Foreign Ministry. He stated that it was an honor for Pakistan to host the 48th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.

Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi underscored that this session is being held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. Hence is more significant.

Tajikistan and Pakistan are two brotherly countries whose ties are linked by shared geography, history, culture, and common faith. The Pakistani Foreign Minister stated that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Both countries will celebrate to commemorate the occasion. Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted that the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan to Dushanbe in September 2021 was very fruitful.

He stated that the Presidents of the two countries also had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of ECO Summit in Ashgabat in November 2021. Pakistan is committed to establishing better relations with the Central Asian states through its Central Asia Policy.

He enunciated that Pakistan is committed to promoting investment, energy, politics, trade, security, defense, and public relations. Close liaison in international forums between Pakistan and Tajikistan, including at the United Nations and the OIC, on the environment, Islamophobia and sustainable development is commendable.

There is a strong bilateral institutional framework between the two countries said Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The presence of bilateral political consultation (BPC), Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), and joint working groups in various fields between Pakistan and Tajikistan is a sign of strengthening bilateral relations

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan also stressed the need for regular meetings of institutional mechanisms to further strengthen bilateral relations so as to finalize a bilateral “Transit Trade Agreement” between Pakistan and Tajikistan soon.

Pakistan is committed to the timely completion of the CASA 1000 project. The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the resumption of direct flights between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Pakistan will make sincere efforts to promote unity among the member countries and advance its common goals. Tajik Foreign Minister, Sirajuddin Mehruddin on his part warmly thanked Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi for his warm welcome and warm hospitality.