Pakistan offers Tajikistan to use its seaports

*Nawaz meets Rasulzada at State Guest House in Dushanbe *PM eyes on 1000mw electricity through CASA-1000 project

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed his government's commitment for early realization of CASA-1000 project that will import 1000 megawatt electricity in Pakistan.

The prime minister stated this in a meeting with his Tajik counterpart Qahir Rasulzada at the State Guest House in the capital of Tajikistan, according to a statement issued by the press wing of the Prime Minister's Office. The meeting reviewed bilateral cooperation in trade, energy and communication sector.

The two sides observed that the bilateral trade between two countries had increased from $15 million in 2011 to the highest level of $93 million in 2013. Prime Minister Nawaz stressed that there was much more scope to increase the bilateral trade. He offered Tajikistan to use Pakistani seaports for its imports and exports and added that it would facilitate promotion of economic relations.

Nawaz said that road link between Pakistan and Tajikistan through Wakhan corridor could further improve the economic ties while the other regional countries will also benefit due to better connectivity and rise in economic activities in the region. Pakistan attaches great importance to cordial relations with Tajikistan and considers Tajikistan a key partner of peace, security and stability in the region.

He said he looked forward to participating in the forthcoming SCO Summit at Dushanbe and expressed confidence that Tajikistan would support Pakistan's full membership of SCO. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Minister for Textile Abbas Khan Afridi and Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi also attended the meeting.

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