ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for expanding trade and economic ties between Pakistan and Tajikistan for mutual development of both countries.
The President met Muhammad Saeed Sarwar, Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate to Tajikistan and briefed him about the measures required to strengthen trade and investment cooperation with Tajikistan.
Under the “Vision Central Asia” policy, President Alvi highlighted Pakistan’s aim to establish productive and long-lasting engagements with all Central Asian states, leveraging on the deep historical and cultural ties it shares with Tajikistan and other nations in the region.
As per a press release by the President Secretariat Press Wing, the President reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to bolstering political, economic, and energy connectivity with Central Asia. He also stressed the significance of the CASA-1000 energy project in advancing this strategy.
In addition to expanding trade, energy, and commercial relations with Tajikistan, the President urged the Ambassador to focus on enhancing Pakistan’s image in the host country.
The President Alvi also emphasized the importance of establishing academic linkages between the educational institutions of Pakistan and Tajikistan.
He mentioned that the Virtual University of Pakistan and Allama Iqbal Open University provide online and distance education, which could be beneficial for Tajik students who can gain access to their educational content.
The president also stressed upon the need for highlighting the anti-minority and anti-Muslim policies of India as well as the atrocities being committed by the Indian Security Forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Offering his congratulations to Muhammad Saeed Sarwar on his appointment as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tajikistan, the President urged him to strengthen bilateral relations with Tajikistan, a brotherly country.
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