President Putin and PM Shehbaz Sharif meet on the sidelines of SCO summit in Uzbekistan
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan are possible, and that part of the necessary infrastructure is already in place, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported.
President Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met today on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The high-level meeting came after the prime minister reached the Uzbekistan capital to attend the annual meeting of the SCO's Council of Heads of State (CHS) during a two-day visit — from September 15 to 16.
After the meeting with Putin, the prime minister held a bilateral meeting with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon.
The two leaders held wide-ranging talks covering all aspects of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation, including regional and international issues.
The prime minister thanked Tajikistan for its support to the flood affectees in Pakistan and shared details of the devastation caused by the massive floods, induced by climate change.
PM Shehbaz underlined the importance of regular meetings on bilateral institutional mechanisms and the establishment of mutually beneficial cooperation in the implementation of energy projects.
He also reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to timely completion of the important "CASA-1000" power transmission project.
Later, the prime minister held a bilateral meeting with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The two leaders exchanged views on Pakistan-Uzbekistan relations and regional and international issues.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed trade and economic relations, and regional connectivity through rail, road and seaports.
The PM underscored the significance of enhancing political ties and fast-tracking trade and economic cooperation by fully operationalising the Uzbekistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (UPTTA) and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA).
The two leaders agreed to early convening of the Inter-Governmental Commission to formulate specific proposals and projects to further deepen and broaden Pakistan-Uzbekistan cooperation across the entire spectrum.
After that, the prime minister also met President Sadyr Zhaparov to discuss views on growing bilateral relations.
During the meeting, PM Shehbaz stressed the importance of urgent global action to address the threat of climate change and the need for support from countries like Pakistan that had virtually no contribution to carbon emissions.
PM Shehbaz expressed gratitude to the country for hosting more than 11,000 Pakistani students in medical universities, hoping that the Kyrgyz government will continue to facilitate them and ensure their safety and security during the period of their educational stay in the country.
The SCO summit will be chaired by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, where important global and regional issues, including climate change, food security energy security, and sustainable supply chains will be discussed.
The SCO leaders would also approve agreements and documents that would chart the future direction of cooperation among the organisation's member states.
Besides attending the summit, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the Council of Heads of State meeting.
Since becoming a full member of SCO in 2017, Pakistan has been actively contributing towards advancing Organisation’s core objectives through its participation in various SCO mechanisms.
Collectively, the SCO member states represent nearly half of the world’s population and a quarter of global economic output.
"SCO's agenda of promoting peace and stability, and seeking enhanced linkages in economic, trade and cultural spheres, is aligned with Pakistan’s own vision for enhancing economic connectivity as well as peace and stability in the region," read a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office.