Islamabad, H.E. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan called on Defence Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in Islamabad today. Minister for Defence expressed best wishes for the military and civil leadership of Tajikistan, and its people and highlighted that being neighbors of Afghanistan, both Pakistan and Tajikistan are facing similar security challenges and threats including terrorism and drug trafficking across the border. Pakistan believes in peaceful resolution of all issues and appreciates the efforts of Tajikistan in promoting peace. Moreover , it was agreed upon that Pakistan will continue to provide assistance in Intelligence capacity building and sharing of technical expertise with Tajik Armed forces.
Minister for Defence proposed friendly sports competitions between the Armed Forces and display of military band on reciprocal basis on special occasions of both countries.
During the meeting, matters related to bilateral defence cooperation, counter Terrorism , defence production and exploration of new avenues to progress and prosperity were discussed.
Tajik President assured his government’s commitment and pledged to work with Pakistan to strengthen their bilateral ties. He invited Minister for Defence to visit Tajikistan soon.