Tajikistan, Pakistan mull expanding bilateral relations
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 11
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The issues of expanding Tajik-Pakistani relations were discussed during the meeting of Tajikistan's president Emomali Rahmon with the adviser to the Pakistan's prime minister on national security and foreign affairs Mr.Sartaj Aziz in Dushanbe, Asia-Plus reported on Sept.11.
Aziz has arrived in Dushanbe to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Pakistan has observer status in the SCO.
During the meeting the sides discussed expanding cooperation, particularly in politics, economy, trade, investments and regional security.
Particular attention was paid on implementation of regional projects in the areas of transport, energy, including CASA-1000 project, which will provide electricity supply from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The CASA-1000 project envisages the construction of high-voltage power lines connecting the energy systems of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan to assist Central Asian countries in exporting electricity and the development of relevant instruments and mechanisms for electricity trading in line with international standards.
The sides also expressed interest in setting up joint ventures on the territory of Tajikistan.