Islamabad, May 03, 2016 (PPI-OT): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, held a meeting with the Finance Minister of Afghanistan Eklil Ahmad Hakimi on the sidelines of the ADB’s Annual Board of Governors Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, says a press release received here today from Frankfurt.
The two Finance Ministers discussed matters relating to bilateral economic cooperation and progress with regard to the mutual agreements reached during the last Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in Islamabad. Minister Dar assured the Afghan counterpart that progress is being made on the agreed actions and the bilateral projects shall be completed expeditiously. He also reiterated Pakistan’s support for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
Mr. Hakimi, invited the Finance Minister to Afghanistan for the next session of Joint Ministerial Commission to be held in Kabul. He said that the regional projects i.e. CASA-1000 and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline are immensely important for the regional countries and joint efforts should be made for their expeditious implementation. He also sought Pakistan’s support as founding member of AIIB for Afghanistan’s membership. He also invited the Finance Minister to visit on the occasion of inauguration of Torkham-Jalalabad Road.
The Finance Minister accepted the invitation extended by Mr. Hakimi and stated that mutually convenient dates for the JMC will be agreed by the two sides for the purpose. The Minister also assured Mr. Hakimi of Pakistan’s support for Afghanistan’s membership of AIIB.
The Finance Minister was accompanied by Mr. Tariq Bajwa, Secretary EAD and other members of Pakistan’s delegation.
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