As per a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Imran Khan arrived in Tajikistan on Thursday for a two-day visit, throughout which he will join the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Summit in Dushanbe (PMO).
“A red carpet greeting was extended to the prime minister by Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda at Dushanbe International Airport, Tajikistan,” the tweet stated.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI arrives in Tajikistan.
The Prime Minister was received by Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and was accorded a red carpet welcome at Dushanbe International Airport, Tajikistan.#PMIKvisitsTajikistan#PMIKatSCOSummit pic.twitter.com/rNVBzOFRRR
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) September 16, 2021
According to Radio Pakistan, this is the prime minister’s third trip to Central Asia. He’ll be joined by a high-level ministerial delegation and “will hold bilateral talks with other participating leaders on the margins of the SCO summit,” according to the press release.
After the debate, the prime minister will conduct bilateral talks, according to the statement.
According to the article, PM Imran Khan would discuss “the whole gamut of bilateral relations, including increasing trade, economic, and investment connections with a particular focus on regional connectivity.”
The prime minister will also attend the inaugural meeting of the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum, which will be attended by a number of Pakistani businesspeople.
According to the article, the combined business forum will help to catalyse expanding trade and investment connections and increase company-to-business interactions between the two nations’ trading communities.
On the sidelines, the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Council will convene, according to the newspaper.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was established in 2001 by the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and China in Shanghai.
It developed from a previous regional security association created in 1996 following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the independence of Central Asian republics from Moscow.
Its operations have grown to include economy and commerce, transportation, and law enforcement, after initially focusing on regional security. Security and economic cooperation, on the other hand, remain top concerns.
Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an observer in 2005 and as a full member in 2017.
The visit will be a significant milestone.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the prime minister’s visit will “prove to be a major milestone and further boost the status of Pakistan.”
On the margins of the SCO summit, the prime minister will interact with the Iranian president, the Chinese foreign minister, and the heads of Central Asian states, according to a broadcast statement.
— APP 🇵🇰 (@appcsocialmedia) September 16, 2021
He went on to say that the situation in Afghanistan will be reviewed and that Pakistan recognised Tajikistan’s vital role in the country.
This visit, according to Chaudhry, would allow him to “advance our philosophy for a stable and inclusive administration in Afghanistan and progress toward a regional solution.”