Jeddah, June 24, 2014 (PPI-OT): Dr. Omar Zakhilwal Minister for Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with the Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on the sidelines of the 39th Annual Board of Governors Meeting of Islamic Development Bank, here today. 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 Khokhar, Consul Commercial Abdul Wahab Soomro and Sohail Ali Khan Press Consular were present from Pakistani side.
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal briefed Mr. Ishaq Dar on the latest situation in Afghanistan and on the recently held elections in Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan is 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 desires for early completion of the project as it will play an important role in promoting relations between the two countries and the region.
While emphasizing on regional trade and economic cooperation, the Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar said that there is a lot of potential in enhancing trade between the two countries. He said that Pakistan desires to promote regional peace and security by promoting economic relations with its neighbours.
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. 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 is 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.
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