ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance, Muhammad Ishaq Dar has said that Pakistan desired to promote regional peace and security by enhancing economic relations with its neighbors.
Afghan Minister for Finance, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal met with Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar on the sidelines of the 39th Annual Board of Governors Meeting of Islamic Development Bank, at Jeddah.
A statement received here on Tuesday from Jeddah said that the two ministers discussed progress on various issues of common interest between the two countries.
Attaur Rehman Durrani Advisor to Afghan Ministry of Finance and Frough Kaifer Aid Coordination Specialist accompanied Afghan Finance Minister while Consul General Aftab A Khokher, Consul Commercial Abdul Wahab Soomro and Sohail Ali Khan Press Consular represented Pakistani side.
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal briefed Ishaq Dar on the latest situation in Afghanistan and on the recently held elections there.
He said that Afghanistan was looking forward to have a new government in office soon.
He updated the Finance Minister on his country’s point of view on CASA-1000 project and expressed his government’s willingness to resolve the issue of transit fee at the earliest.
He said that Afghanistan desired for early completion of the project as it will play an important role in promoting relations between the two countries and the region.
Emphasizing on regional trade and economic cooperation, Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar said that there ws a lot of potential in enhancing trade between the two countries.
He said that Pakistan desired to promote regional peace and security by promoting economic relations with its neighbors.
The Finance Minister expressed his resolve to continue to work with Afghanistan with total commitment and devotion to the cause of cementing relations between the two brotherly Muslim countries.
The Finance Minister said that CASA-1000 project was important for regional integration and success of this project would pave the way for bigger projects like TAPI.
Moreover, there was a distinct possibility that success of this project may lead to its expansion in future and allow an interrupted supply of electricity from Central Asian States.
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal agreed that CASA-1000 was an important project for regional integration and should be completed on priority.
He agreed that successful completion of the project will pave the way for uninterrupted supply of electricity from Central Asia throughout the year.