The two sides want to enhance cooperation in various fields including trade and energy as well as build stronger people to people ties
Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdlaziz Kamilov at the PM House and said that Pakistan will facilitate Uzbekistan to get access to its seaports of Gwadar and Karachi. The move will provide a gateway to the landlocked Central Asian states including Uzbekistan and will most certainly enhance regional connectivity and trade. The PM said that he wants to forge stronger ties with Uzbekistan in the various fields of trade, energy and even boost people-to-people exchanges. The Uzbek foreign minister is on an official two-day trip to Pakistan.
Khan also extended an invitation to the Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at his earliest convenience while recalling the pleasant meeting the two conducted in the past. Foreign Minister Kamilov conveyed cordial greetings of President Mirziyoyev and reaffirmed Uzbekistan’s commitment to expanding mutual cooperation with Pakistan in various fields. Kamilov also passed on an invitation to the Pakistani prime minister from Mirziyoyev to attend the Central Asia-South Asia Connectivity Conference in Tashkent in July 2021.
Pakistan and Uzbekistan have maintained strong ties over the years. Cooperation in various fields is bound to enhance the relationship. With the CPEC now becoming a reality, the Uzbeks as well as other central Asian states can benefit from the Gwadar seaport for decades to come.