ISLAMABAD, Nov 29, (Asia Free Press): Pakistani President Dr Arif Alvi met with his counterparts from Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan at the sideline of the 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Alvi had met with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed the bilateral relations between two brotherly countries on Sunday, according to the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.
The two leaders agreed to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation and to further strengthen the ECO to achieve its objectives.
The two Muslim leaders ensured the need for collective efforts of the region particularly of the Islamic countries to stop Islamophobia in west, the agency reported.
“There was a need to work together to tackle the challenges faced by the region”, Arif Alvi said.
He also thanked the Turkish President for Turkey’s firmed and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir.
President Alvi also met with Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction on existing state of bilateral cooperation and reaffirmed the commitment to continue joint efforts for further solidification of their close ties.
The President appreciated the momentum of high-level exchanges including the visit of President Rahmon to Pakistan in June 2021, and the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Tajikistan in September this year.
“The importance of deepening trade and investment ties forging a stronger economic partnership” Pakistani President said.
The two leaders reviewed state of implementation of CASA-1000 Power Transmission Line Project and committed to its early completion.
Later President Dr. Arif Alvi also held a meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and exchanged views on bilateral ties, trade and economic cooperation.
” Increasing political contacts between the two countries in the need of hour “ Alvi said in a meeting.
He also congratulated Azerbaijani President over his country victory in last year war against Armenia and liberation of their occupied territories from Armenia forces.
“Pakistan stood behind Azerbaijan and will always stand with their brotherly country,” Alvi said.
The tow leaders also agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation at the regional and international forums.
President Dr. Arif Alvi also met with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev wherein he reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the Trans-Afghan Railway project and assured all possible cooperation for its early realization.