Pak- Uzbek 2nd Round BPC

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The bilateral ties of Pakistan and Uzbekistan strides further as the two sides held the 2nd Round of Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) in the Foreign Office, of Pakistan. Additional Secretary (Afghanistan & West Asia) Aamer Aftab Qureshi and Furqat Sidikov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Co-chaired the meeting from Pakistan and Uzbekistan sides respectively. They reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations in the domain of political, trade and investment, connectivity, security and defense, and people-to-people contacts as well as cooperation in international and regional foras.  Recognizing their respective geostrategic location in Central and South Asia, the two sides expressed satisfaction with the state of existing ties spanning over three decades of cooperation. Both sides also underscored the importance of holding regular political dialogue and high-level interaction to deepen mutual understanding and follow-up on it. Notably, they agreed to continue enhancing trade and economic cooperation. Both sides are also committed to enhancing collaboration in the culture and education sectors. The Additional Secretary highlighted the government’s socio-economic policies with a shift in focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. While exchanging views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, they emphasized continued efforts for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan and continued support to Afghanistan by engaging the international community for humanitarian assistance, and un-freezing of Afghan assets. It was underscored that dividends of peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region. The Additional Secretary briefed his counterpart on the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). This year, Pakistan and Uzbekistan are celebrating the 30thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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