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PM Imran, Tajik President Tokayev discuss bilateral & regional issues

DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a one-on-one meeting with Tajik President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the sidelines of 20th SCO’s Heads of State Summit on Thursday.

Both discussed bilateral and regional issues. The prime minister also met with Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda. Earlier on his arrival at Dushanbe International Airport, Prime Minister Imran Khan was received by Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and accorded a red carpet welcome.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Maritime Ali Zaidi, Abdur Razzaq Dawood and Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf also accompanying him.

Moreover, the prime minister will have bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

After attending the moot, the prime minister will have the bilateral segment of the visit. His talks with Tajik President will cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations, especially enhancing trade, economic and investment ties with a particular focus on regional connectivity. The two countries have earlier expressed a strong commitment to enter into a formal strategic partnership.

The prime minister will also inaugurate the first meeting of the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum for which a group of Pakistani businessmen will also visit Dushanbe.

The Joint Business Forum will catalyze growing trade and investment relations and promote business to business contacts between the trading communities of both sides. A meeting of the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Council will also be held on the sidelines.

This is the third visit of the prime minister to Central Asia, undermining Pakistan’s enhanced engagement with the region.

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