Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called for a stable government in Afghanistan in order to maintain peace and stability in the region, Pakistan’s Geo News reported.
Political instability in Afghanistan affects Pakistan and Tajikistan, however, a peaceful situation in Afghanistan is necessary for both countries, Khan said at a joint press conference in Islamabad.
Khan also said that peace in Afghanistan was "very important" for trade and connectivity with Tajikistan to increase, Dawn News reported.
Both countries fear instability in Afghanistan if there is no political settlement when US forces withdraw, he said.
"Our trade will be affected because of [decreased] connectivity if anarchy spreads there and ... we fear that terrorism will increase," Khan said as quoted by Dawn News.
Speaking on the occasion, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said that Tajikistan values its brotherly relations with Pakistan, and appreciates Islamabad's efforts at maintaining peace in the region, Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan would continue its efforts for regional peace and stability.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also met with President Rahmon.
“Pakistan believes that durable peace in Afghanistan is inevitable for progress and prosperity of the region. Tajikistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan are also commendable,” Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during his meeting with Rahmon.
The Pakistan media reported that Pakistan and Tajikistan entered into 12 accords for cooperation in diverse fields including trade, anti-corruption, infrastructure, education, and culture.
Both dignitaries witnessed the signing ceremony as representatives from two sides signed the Agreements and the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU).