Pak, Uzbek FMs reiterate desire to expand bilateral ties

Taxila’s Orange festival showcases Gandhara civilization as country’s glorious heritage Box

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday telephoned Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and exchanged views on bilateral relations and strengthening of cooperation in diverse fields.

Pakistani Foreign Minister said the bilateral ties of Pakistan and Uzbekistan were based on shared history, religion, and cultural affinity.

The two ministers reiterated their desire to further expand relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Qureshi appreciated the increase in high-level contacts between the two countries including the meeting of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the President of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the inauguration of the winter Olympics in Beijing.

The ministers agreed to promote the cooperation of their countries at the international and regional forums. Adding to this, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the members of the diplomatic corps on Friday joined the Orange Festival held in Taxila, aimed at showcasing the country’s culture and the ancient Gandhara civilization.

Addressing the occasion, the foreign minister said the festival would prove helpful in promoting Pakistan’s historic and cultural heritage at the international level.

FM Qureshi said his ministry was pursuing the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to promote the country’s soft image and focus on strengthening its geoeconomics.

The foreign minister visited different stalls set up at the festival presenting Pakistan’s traditional culture, music and local crafts.

The diplomats from different countries expressed keen interest in the artifacts, particularly relating to the ancient city of Taxila.

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