TASHKENT (Uzbekistan), June 23 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain
on Thursday said Pakistan and Tajikistan have immense potential in trade and energy sectors and emphasized on working towards attaining the $500 million bilateral trade volume.

President Mamnoon who met his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon
on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) here said the excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan should be translated into stronger economic and trade relations.

The two Presidents expressed satisfaction over the steady
growth of the Pakistan Tajikistan bilateral relations and exchanged views on important regional issues.

President Mamnoon Hussain thanked President Rahmon for
Tajikistan’s commitment to the CASA 1000 project and referred to it
as a milestone in promoting regional connectivity.

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He said CASA 1000 would prove a significant milestone for
Pakistan to minimize its electricity shortage.

He called for an early finalization of the trilateral
agreement on transit trade among Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, which he said would give greater impetus to regional cooperation.

President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan attaches great
importance to its relations with Central Asia particularly Tajikistan, which is geographically closest to it among all Central Asian states.

The commonalities of religion and culture between the two
countries could enhance people to people contacts, he added.

The two leaders emphasized the need to further strengthen
cooperation against threats of extremism and terrorism, cross border organized crime, drugs and human trafficking and other threats to regional and global security.

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President Rahmon enquired about the health of Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif and conveyed prayers and best wishes for him on behalf of people of Tajikistan for his early recovery. President Mamnoon
Hussain thanked President Rahmon for his warm sentiments.