Tajikistan’s Ambassador Ismatullo Nasredin said Pakistan and Tajikistan share a desire to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan in order to benefit from regional connectivity.

He was speaking on Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs channel’s weekly program Diplomatic Session in Islamabad.

He said Pakistan was playing a key role in creating favorable conditions that could stabilize the situation in the former war-torn country. He added that Tajikistan is also using Islamabad’s capacity to support these efforts in Afghanistan.

Calling Afghanistan a chain of connection between Central Asia and South Asia, Ismatullo Nasredin said that without stability in Afghanistan, there can be no progress in increasing ties between countries in the two neighboring regions. . He said that we should all strive to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan so that people of all ethnicities get a secure society for peace and prosperity in this country.

Regarding Beijing’s role, he said that China is a major power in the region with interests in Afghanistan and we are working together to find a solution to the problems in Afghanistan.

Appreciating the organization of important meetings on Afghanistan by Islamabad, he said that many important decisions were taken in these meetings for peace and stability in this country.

Regarding the bilateral relations between Islamabad and Dushanbe, the Tajik Ambassador of Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy excellent relations in many areas of life and both are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year. . He said we need a stable and prosperous Pakistan to play a leadership role for Muslim countries.

Regarding bilateral cooperation in trade and economy, Ismatullo Nasredin said that we have established the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation to increase bilateral cooperation and its session will hopefully be held- the next month. He said Pakistan is a very important country in the region to provide Central Asian countries with access to the rest of the world.

Emphasizing the need for increased communication on economic and other opportunities available in Pakistan and Tajikistan, he said the two countries should conduct publicity campaigns on trade, business and tourism opportunities available in each other. He said that we should close the gaps in our bilateral trade for the mutual benefit of the two peoples. He said our business communities are trying to find new ways to increase business cooperation.

Regarding the existing trade, he said that Tajikistan imported textile, agricultural and pharmaceutical products from Pakistan, while dried fruits and chemicals were imported by Pakistan from Tajikistan.

On the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said CPEC is important not only for China and Pakistan, but also for Central Asian countries. It provides roads, highways and seaports that will benefit both regions.

Turning to his country’s economic strategy, he said that the industrialization of Tajikistan is our priority as a change from our traditional agrarian economy. We can benefit from Pakistan’s experience in the pharmaceutical, chemical and other sectors.

The Tajik ambassador said the high-level visits and contacts between the two countries testify to the depth of bilateral relations. He said the Pakistani prime minister visited Tajikistan in September last year to attend the SCO summit in Dushanbe. He said Islamabad’s role is very important in solving the problems present in the region, including security, terrorism and drug trafficking.

He said that during the high-level exchanges, the issue of Islamophobia was also discussed and ways to address it. Pakistan has raised the issue effectively in all international forums, and we want this issue to be raised more vehemently so that a campaign of hatred against Muslims is stopped.

Referring to cultural and religious ties, he said the two nations are bound by ties of religion, culture and common values. He said that every year we have a festival to commemorate the poetry and teachings of Sufi poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal. He said Pakistan is providing support to train Tajikistan’s civilian and military officials, which is very helpful for our development.


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