Pakistan, Uzbekistan pledge to expand ties in multiple sectors

Pakistan and Uzbekistan have reaffirmed commitment to multifaceted relations and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, connectivity, defence, security, culture and people to people contacts. An understanding to this effect came in a meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit being held at Astana in Kazakhstan. Recognizing the importance of Uzbekistan as a transit point for trade expansion for other countries, the two leaders agreed to focus on this particular area and to this end initiate an examination of the various options available. Karachi Port Connectivity to Tirmez was also discussed to enhance trade between the two countries. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed Pakistan's eagerness to see a prosperous Central Asia and enhanced regional connectivity. The two leaders expressed confidence that operationalization of Preferential Trade Agreement and Pakistan-Uzbekistan Tran sit Trade Agreement would further enhance bilateral trade and economic relations. The two leaders also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the common interest of both Pakistan and Uzbekistan for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan which can be a partner in the development and prosperity of the region. The early realization of Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Railway Project was also discussed in the meeting. Source: Radio Pakistan