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The Rawalpindi Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Friday, 11th January hosted a farewell ceremony for the outgoing Ambassador of Tajikistan, H.E Sherali S. Jononov.
Speaking to the assemblage, the Ambassador said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have historical, cultural and religious ties and the roots of their relationship are very deep. Both countries enjoy warm and cordial ties”.
Tajikistan and Pakistan have a small 16 Kilometer strip between their borders and Tajikistan have been a friendly country ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Tajikistan has also been a concerned neighboring country whenever Pakistan has been struck by natural calamities.
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Refreshing key memories of his tenure spanning 6 years, the Tajik Ambassador said that he has found Pakistan, a peaceful, positive and wonderful country. “The people of Pakistan are very hardworking, loving and full of hospitality. You can only know Pakistanis once you live in Pakistan” he added. “I always urge my diplomatic friends to visit Pakistan, to experience the beautiful weather and landscape”.
He also shared information on key success stories during his tenure, including, ECO Summit, Visit of Pakistan President to Tajikistan in June 2018, frequent visits at foreign affairs, Central Asia South Asia (CASA 1000) energy project etc.
Tajik envoy also informed all in attendance that Rogun Dam has begun its operations. “We are ready to provide cheap and clean electricity to Pakistan to meet its energy needs in the future”. Rogan Dam is an embankment which had been under construction since 1976. Situated 110 Kilometers from Dushanbe, the dam has an installed capacity of 600 Megawatts.
The envoy lauded RCCI’s role in promoting trade activities through exhibitions, seminars, and exchange of delegations and urged others, Chambers, to follow the methods of RCCI.
Pakistan trade and business community should come forward and take benefit of the emerging opportunities, he urged.
Earlier, President RCCI Malik Shahid Saleem, in his address said that the chamber appreciated the envoy’s contribution on branding Pakistan’s positive image and strengthening the relationship between two countries and that too, at the Chamber of Commerce level. He expressed hope that CASA1000 MW energy project will help Pakistan to meet its energy requirements. He said that tourism between the two countries can play a vital role here and urged for direct flights between Dushanbe and Islamabad.
In the end, a memento; a picture album was presented to the Tajik envoy as an outgoing gift