ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday met his Iranian counterpart Seyed Ebrahim Raisi and Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon separately, on the sidelines of the 15th ECO Summit in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Talking to Ebrahim Raisi Arif Alvi underscored the need for establishment of regular bilateral mechanisms between Pakistan and Iran for trade including utilisation of barter trade mechanism.
The president underlined that Pakistan considered Iran as an important Muslim neighbour and brother based on deep-rooted historical, religious and cultural linkages between the two countries.
He expressed satisfaction at the recent operationalisation of International Road Transport shipments from Pakistan to Turkey and Azerbaijan, which would be beneficial for the entire ECO region.
President Alvi also thanked Iran’s consistent support to the Kashmir cause, particularly from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
On regional situation, particularly in the context of Afghanistan, he emphasised the need for closely coordinated approach to achieve shared objectives of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
He laid emphasis on urgent provision of humanitarian and economic assistance to alleviate the sufferings of people of Afghanistan.
During meeting with the Tajik president, both the leaders reaffirmed the commitment to continue joint efforts for further solidification of close bilateral ties.
Arif Alvi underscored the importance of deepening trade and investment relations forging a stronger economic partnership.
The two leaders reviewed state of implementation of CASA-1000 Power Transmission Line Project and committed to its early completion.
President Alvi highlighted prospects of regional integration and connectivity to Tajikistan and Central Asian countries through Pakistan’s seaports.
The two leaders discussed in detail the regional challenges faced by both Pakistan and Tajikistan due to deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
The president apprised President Rahmon of Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability and to mobilise international support to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
He underscored that de-freezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets is also crucial in preventing economic collapse in the country.
President Alvi stressed the importance for both Pakistan and Tajikistan to work together to advance the shared objectives of peace, reconciliation and stability in Afghanistan.
Both Presidents agreed to maintain high-level exchanges between the two countries with a view to advancing close cooperation on bilateral and regional matters.