• Pakistan Prime Minister to Arrive in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to Forge Bilateral Cooperation, Regional Connectivity
  • Agenda includes Trans-Afghan railway project, linking Termez, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul, and Peshawar and Karachi port is considered vital for improving Tajikistan’s transport connectivity.

By: Muhammad Arif

Islamabad: To deepen bilateral cooperation, Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif would commence an official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 2-3 July 2024, at the invitation of President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, according to PM Office.

The visit is a part of regular high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

During the visit, both sides will engage in wide-ranging discussions on areas of mutual interest to further deepen bilateral cooperation especially in the areas of regional connectivity, trade, people-to-people contacts and energy as well as cooperation on multilateral issues.

The two sides will also sign agreements and MoUs in diverse areas of cooperation.

Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy robust bilateral relations. As a SCO members, both countries aim to boost cooperation in a key area of mutual interest.

In recent years, the Trans-Afghan railway project, linking Termez, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul, and Peshawar and Karachi port is considered vital for improving Tajikistan’s transport connectivity. Trans-Afghan railway project will provide the shortest route to the Karachi and Gwadar ports of Pakistan sea for the traders and business communities of Tajikistan via Afghanistan, highlighting the strategic importance of regional trade and commerce connectivity.

Pakistan aims to enhance trade and cultural connectivity with Central Asia. In the year 2024, trade turnover with Tajikistan reached $52.7bn, indicating immense potential of bilateral ties.

Experts believe the visit by PM Pakistan will further improve transport links and economic cooperation, mutually beneficial for Central Asia and Pakistan.

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