Speech by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan at a press conference after the talks with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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Distinguished members of the media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to once again congratulate the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Imran Khan, on his visit to Tajikistan and thank him for completing his official visit to our country.

Our talks have traditionally taken place in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding.

The Tajik side expressed satisfaction with the results of the high-level talks.

Today's meetings have been successfully held, as a result of which a new package of cooperation documents has been signed.

We are satisfied with the process of regular political contacts between the two countries, including at the highest level.

During the talks, the parties reaffirmed the possibility of further expansion of economic and trade cooperation, which is one of the important and common goals of the parties.

In this process, the role of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was considered important.

At the same time, the need to increase trade turnover between the two countries was stressed.

We also expressed our readiness to expand cooperation in the field of transport, in particular with regard to Tajikistan's access to the seaports of Pakistan - Karachi and Gwadar.

In this regard, Tajikistan is interested in joining regional corridors and transport projects.

It was noted that the strengthening of cooperation in the field of industry is important.

We stressed the need to continue to cooperate in the fight against global threats - terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

During the discussion of the current situation in the region, the issue of Afghanistan was in the center of our attention.

The current situation in that country was considered worrying.

We, Afghanistan's neighbors, are most interested in the restoration of peace and stability in this troubled country, and we pay special attention to the revival of the Afghan national economy.

We believe that the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan, as a country that connects regional and international transport networks, is especially important for neighboring countries.

At the same time, it was expressed hope that peace and stability in this neighboring country will be restored as soon as possible and the interests of all political and ethnic groups in Afghanistan will be taken into account. We support an inclusive government in that country with the participation of all social groups.

At the same time, we stressed that Tajiks and other ethnic groups have a worthy place in the inclusive government.

We are convinced that peace and stability in Afghanistan can be ensured only in this way.

Eliminating conflict and tensions in Panjshir province as soon as possible by declaring a ceasefire and opening roads to provide humanitarian aid to the people of the region is one of the most important tasks today.

Tajikistan and Pakistan have agreed to make every effort to achieve these goals.

We agreed to facilitate negotiations between the Taliban and the Tajiks in Dushanbe.

Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan.

We have agreed with His Excellency Imran Khan to celebrate this important date by holding appropriate political events.

Now, I would like to turn to His Excellency, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan.

Please.

Source: Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan