Pakistan and Uzbekistan on Thursday agreed to further strengthen its bilateral ties and also to work in areas of regional connectivity, and promotion of tourists and culture exchanges between the two states.
Pakistani news agency, The Nation reported that the development was discussed between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in a one-in-one meeting.
After the meeting, both the leaders appeared in a joint press conference and they expressed satisfaction over increasing volume of bilateral trade and interaction between the two business communities.
Khan said that trade with Uzbekistan has increased by 50% during the last year, saying the two sides also agreed to revive the centuries-old relationship between Uzbekistan and this region which suffered a disconnect during the last 150 years.
Meanwhile they also talked about Afghanistan, a neighboring country of Pakistan which is facing enormous economic problems after western-backed region collapsed in mid-August when the Taliban took over Afghanistan. However, the international community did not recognize the Taliban so far.
Khan said that connectivity projects would not only benefit the people of Pakistan and Uzbekistan, but also Afghanistan who had suffered a lot during the last 40 years.
Khan also said that jointly with Uzbekistan, they will lobby for unfreezing the Afghan government’s assets in the foreign banks. “We are also discussing ways that could lead towards the recognition of the current Afghan government,” Khan added.
On his part, President Shavkat expressed his satisfaction over economic, political and cultural development with Pakistan. “We are not only building a strategic partnership, but also a bridge between South Asia and Central Asia,” Shavkat added.
Shavkat also highlighted vast opportunities in areas of trade, investment, and science and technology.
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