ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said Pakistan would facilitate Uzbekistan to get access to its seaports of Gwadar and Karachi in a bid to enhance regional connectivity and trade.
In a meeting with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdlaziz Kamilov here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said Pakistan offered a shortest route to international seas to all the Central Asian Republics including Uzbekistan and could prove as a gateway to landlocked Central Asia.
Imran Khan expressed Pakistan’s resolve to forge closer ties with Uzbekistan and other countries of Central Asia in areas of trade, investment, energy, and people-to-people exchanges.
Expressing appreciation for the proposed Trans-Afghan railway project between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, he underscored Pakistan’s commitment to support all efforts for the earliest realization of the important connectivity project.
Prime Minister Imran Khan fondly recalled his interactions with President Mirziyoyev in Beijing and Bishkek and reiterated his invitation to the Uzbek President to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience.
Relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan are based on common faith, shared history and cultural affinities. These linkages provide a strong foundation for increased bilateral cooperation in myriad fields.
Both countries have been closely collaborating at regional and international fora, especially at United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Economic Cooperation Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.