Vowing diversifying cooperation, Uzbek FM visits Pakistan
Uzbekistan, Pakistan discuss progress on bilateral transit trade agreement
ISLAMABAD, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay a two-day official visit to Pakistan on March 9, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.
According to FO statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold consultations with Foreign Minister Kamilov, covering an entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchanging views on regional and international issues.
“Consistent with the leadership’s vision, Pakistan’s focus will be on building an enhanced economic partnership centered on peace, development and connectivity,” the statement added.
Relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan are based on common faith, shared history and cultural affinities. These linkages provide a strong foundation for increased bilateral cooperation in myriad fields.
Both countries have been closely collaborating at regional and international fora, especially at United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Uzbekistan and Pakistan have discussed the progress made on bilateral transit trade agreement, preferential trade agreement.
Earlier, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov, in a video call, also discussed cooperation in aviation, customs, banking and visa issues.
According to a statement, they also resolved to implement the decisions made during the Adviser’s visit to Tashkent in February as per the agreed timelines.
In order to further deepen the trade ties, both sides also agreed to hold a business conference at Tashkent in July, 2021.
The Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister said an Uzbek delegation will visit Pakistan on March 12 to hold talks on enhancing progress on the above matters.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Razzak Dawood visited Tashkent on February 1-3, 2021. During the visit, a Roadmap on construction of Trans-Afghan Railway Project was signed by the three countries.
“The visit of Foreign Minister Kamilov will add to the momentum created by the recent high-level bilateral interactions and provide an opportunity to further strengthen and deepen the existing bilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest,” the FO said.