President arrives in Dushanbe on four-day official visit

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APP19-18 DUSHANBE: June 18 – President Mamnoon Hussain being received by Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Zokir Zoda Mahmadtoir on his arrival at Dushanbe International Airport. APP

DUSHANBE , Jun 18 (APP):President Mamnoon Hussain was accorded a red carpet welcome as he arrived here Monday on a four-day official visit to Tajikistan to participate in the high level international conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028 being held in Tajikistan capital from June 20 to 21.
Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Zokir Zoda Mahmad Toir warmly received the president upon arrival at Dushanbe airport. Pakistan’s Ambassador in Tajikistan, Tajikistan’s Ambassador in Pakistan and senior Embassy officials were also present on the occasion.
With a static guard standing along the red carpet rolled out for the president, a young Tajik girl clad in traditional costume also presented bouquet to him.
The deputy prime minister of Tajikistan also made a brief call on the president at the airport during which the two sides exchanged views on the matters of bilateral interest.
Later, upon arrival at hotel, the president was presented Qehwa (local tea) and traditional Tajik bread.
Besides holding bilateral talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, the president during his four-day official visit will also participate in the international conference on water.
The conference being hosted by Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other partners, will focus on sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives; implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects; and the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels in order to help achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It will also highlight the importance of promoting the efficiency of water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, environment nexus, including the implementation of national development programmes.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tajikistan Tariq Iqbal Soomro told APP that President Mamoon Hussain and President Emomali Rahmon during their talks will discuss the whole range of bilateral ties with a view to further strengthen and diversify these relations in different fields for mutual benefit.
He said as the current volume of annual bilateral trade between the two countries stood at around US $ 42 million (FY 2016-17) and did not commensurate with the strong political ties, the two leaders will discuss ways and means to boost bilateral trade level upto US $ 500.
President Mamnoon Hussain during his first visit to Tajikistan will also hold meetings with the prime minister of Tajikistan as well as the Speaker of Lower House of Tajik Parliament.
Pakistan’s major exports to Tajikistan were sugar, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, rice, textile products, and minerals, whereas Pakistan imported cotton fiber, fruit, vegetables and unprocessed hides.
Ambassador Soomro hoped that the visit of President Mamnoon Hussain, on the invitation of Tajik President, will further strengthen the already existing close and friendly relations between the two brotherly nations.
To a question, he said, the water conference was first of the series that Tajikistan planned to hold on a bi-annual basis to facilitate implementation of the New Decade for Water for Sustainable Development.
The ambassador further said the official visit of President Mamnoon Hussain to Tajikistan as well as recent visits of Pakistan prime minister were reflective of Pakistan’s vision to strengthen relations with neighbouring and regional countries and further regional connectivity.