Zardari wants closer ties with Tajikistan – PakTribune

Posted: March 25, 2012 in International, Language, Region, Tajikistan

DUSHANBE: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday said that in the post-2014 geo-strategic scenario after drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan, it was important that Pakistan and Tajikistan developed closer cooperation in all fields, particularly in the areas of defence, security and intelligence.

The president floated a proposal that the interior ministers of both countries should meet regularly and more often for this purpose.

The proposal was mooted and instantly accepted by Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon during a meeting between the two leaders soon after President Zardari arrived from Islamabad on a two-day visit to this Central Asian state which is separated from Pakistan only by a narrow strip of Wakhan in Afghanistan.

It was decided that modalities for the meetings between the interior ministers would be worked out during the current visit.

The president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that soon after arrival, the president drove straight to inaugurate a National Bank branch in Dushanbe, describing it as a step to further cement business and trade relations Tajikistan.

The delegation-level meeting was attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tajikistan Amjad Hussain B Sial, Farhatullah Babar, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jillani, Senator Abbas Khan and other senior officials of the Foreign Office.

During the delegation-level talks, the Tajik president was assisted by Tajik ministers and senior officials.

Babar said that the president also proposed regular consultations by the foreign offices of both the countries and relevant agencies to prepare plans for the evolving scenario as a result of the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

via Zardari wants closer ties with Tajikistan – PakTribune.

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