Thursday Apr 15, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday held a virtual summit with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and underlined the need to strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
According to Radio Pakistan, PM Khan stressed for early finalisation of the Preferential Trade Agreement and Transit Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
The premier also underlined the importance of enhancing political and diplomatic linkages as well as security and defence cooperation.
He said steps also need to be taken to deepen mutual collaboration in the fields of education, culture, and tourism.
The prime minister highlighted Pakistan’s economic security paradigm and the shifting focus to geo-economics.
The level of progress on the Trans-Afghan Railway Line Project, agreed upon between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan earlier this year, was also reviewed during the summit.
The project will be a first step in linking the Central Asian transport network with Pakistani seaports of Gwadar, Karachi and Qasim.
He apprised the Uzbek president about Pakistan’s perspective on issues of peace and security in South Asia, and underlined the imperative of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
PM Khan also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The PM stressed that this historic opportunity must be seized by the Afghan parties to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive negotiated political settlement.
He also underscored the importance of countering Islamophobia and promoting inter-faith harmony.
President Mirziyoyev reiterated his invitation to PM Khan to attend the high-level international conference on regional connectivity, to be held in Tashkent in July 2021.
A joint declaration was adopted at the conclusion of the Summit.
The two countries also signed an agreement and two MoUs.