Pakistan is keen to expand military-to-military cooperation with Uzbekistan: CJCSC

The prime minister Imran khan while talking to the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan underscored the importance of resumption of direct air flights between Lahore and Tashkent to enhance tourism, business linkages and people-to-people contacts.

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Rawalpindi: Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov Tuesday called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza here at Joint Staff Headquarters and lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces besides acknowledging the country’s sacrifices, rendered in the fight against terrorism.

During the meeting, matters of bilateral strategic interests with specific emphasis on evolving regional security situation, particularly in Afghanistan and further strengthening of security and defense cooperation between the two brotherly countries were brought under discussion, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media release.

On the occasion, the CJCSC said: “Pakistan is keen to expand its existing bilateral military-to-military cooperation with Uzbekistan as part of Pakistan’s ongoing upward trajectory in defense ties with the regional countries.” Sardor Umurzakov commended the Pakistan Armed Forces for their role in safeguarding the vital national interests of the country and defending its sovereignty/ territorial integrity. The dignitaries also dilated upon measures to enhance the level and scope of military engagements between both countries and reaffirmed to continue to forge deeper ties.

Adding to this, The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Sardor Umurzakov called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. The Prime Minister underscored the close fraternal relations between both countries and expressed Pakistan’s resolve to forge closer ties with Uzbekistan in all spheres covering trade, agriculture, energy, and people-to-people contacts. The Prime Minister said that he was looking forward to the visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Pakistan in March 2022. While emphasizing that regional connectivity and integration is the cornerstone of economic growth and development, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to the Trans-Afghan Railway project. The Prime Minister underlined the importance of security and stability in Afghanistan for advancing the connectivity agenda leading to regional prosperity. He also reiterated the urgent need to address the humanitarian and economic challenges in Afghanistan to alleviate human suffering. The Prime Minister underscored the importance of the resumption of direct air flights between Lahore and Tashkent to enhance tourism, business linkages and people-to-people contacts. He also stressed finalizing all pending bilateral MoUs and Agreements, particularly the Preferential Trade Agreement. Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov conveyed greetings for the Prime Minister from the Uzbek President.

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