‘Pakistan to promote regional peace by increasing eco relations’

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar has said Pakistan desired to promote regional peace and security by enhancing economic relations with its neighbours.
Afghan Minister for Finance Dr Omar Zakhilwal met Ishaq Dar on the sidelines of the 39th Annual Board of Governors Meeting of Islamic Development Bank at Jeddah.
A statement received on Tuesday from Jeddah said the two ministers discussed progress on various issues of common interest between the two countries.
Dar said there was a lot of potential in enhancing trade between the two countries and expressed his resolve to continue to work with Afghanistan with total commitment and devotion to the cause of cementing relations between the two countries.
Dar said Central Asia South Asia (CASA-1000) project was important for regional integration and success of this project would pave the way for bigger projects like Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. 
Moreover, there was a distinct possibility that success of this project might lead to its expansion in future and allow an interrupted supply of electricity from Central Asian States.
Dr Omar Zakhilwal briefed Ishaq Dar on the latest situation in Afghanistan and on the recently held elections there. Afghanistan was looking forward to have a new government in office soon. He updated Dar on his country’s point of view on CASA-1000 project and expressed his government’s willingness to resolve the issue of transit fee at the earliest. 
Afghanistan desired for early completion of the project, as it would play an important role in promoting relations between the two countries and the region, he added. 

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