Islamabad – Mudasser Chudhary:
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan would facilitate Uzbekistan’s access to its seaports in a bid to enhance regional connectivity and trade.
Uzbek Foreign Minister Dr. Abdulaziz Kamilov arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday on a two-day official visit.
In his meeting with the visiting dignitary, Khan highlighted that Pakistan offered the shortest route to international seas to all Central Asian republics through the Karachi and Gwadar ports and could be “the gateway to a landlocked Central Asia.”
Pakistan reaffirmed its “resolve to facilitate Uzbekistan’s access to Pakistani ports,” a statement from the PM Office said, reiterating that Pakistan highly valued its “close fraternal ties” with Uzbekistan and wished to deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas.
Khan emphasized Pakistan’s resolve to forge closer ties with all of Central Asia, covering trade, investments, energy, and people-to-people exchange. The PM also expressed appreciation for the proposed Trans-Afghan railway project between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
Kamilov handed Khan a letter from President Shavkat Mirziyoyev inviting the Pakistani PM to the Central Asia-South Asia Connectivity Conference in Tashkent in July 2021.