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PM Imran leaves for Dushanbe to attend SCO summit

ISLAMABAD: 16, SEPTEMBER, 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday has left for Tajikistan on two day visit to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit. 

According to sources, PM Imran Khan will visit Dushanbe along with a high-level ministerial delegation, on invitation of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. 

He will lead the country at 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. 

The premier is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

The Foreign Office stated that "His talks with Tajik President will cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations, especially enhancing trade, economic and investment ties with a particular focus on regional connectivity." 

He will also inaugurate the first meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum for which a group of Pakistani businessmen is also visiting Dushanbe. 

"The Joint Business Forum will catalyze growing trade and investment relations and promote business to business contacts between the trading communities of both sides," the FO statement added. 

A meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Council will also be held on the sidelines. 

This will be the 3rd visit of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to Central Asia, underlining Pakistan's enhanced engagement with the region. 

PM has earlier participated in SCO-CHS took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 13-14 June 2019 and SCO-CHS hosted by Russia on 10 November 2020 through video-conference. 

The SCO, an eight-member permanent inter-governmental trans-regional Organization, was established in Shanghai on 15 June 2001.

Pakistan became an SCO Observer in 2005 and a full member in June 2017 during Astana SCO-CHS Summit. Russia, China, India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan are other SCO members.

The SCO also has four Observer states (Iran, Mongolia, Belarus and Afghanistan) and six Dialogue Partners (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka).

Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy close brotherly relations underpinned by the bonds of common faith, history and culture.

The two nations have shared perceptions and a common desire to promote economic development, peace, security and stability in the region. (04)

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