Leaders of Uzbekistan and Pakistan identify concrete steps to develop multifaceted partnership

On 14 April, a summit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan was held in the videoconference mode.

The agenda included topical issues of the Uzbek-Pakistani multifaceted partnership, including the development of a constructive political dialogue, the expansion of practical interaction in the areas of trade, investment, transport and transit, exchanges between regions, and the promotion of cultural and humanitarian cooperation programs.

At the beginning of the conversation, the leaders of the two countries exchanged sincere congratulations on the start of the holy month of Ramadan, wishing the friendly people’s peace, well-being and prosperity.

It was noted with deep satisfaction that regular contacts at the highest and high levels in recent years have contributed to the dynamic development of bilateral relations, filling them with concrete content.

Despite the pandemic, intensive exchanges continued. The volume of mutual trade and the number of joint business projects are growing.

Partnerships are being established between the regions. In particular, in February of this year, a business mission headed by the governor of the Punjab state visited the Namangan region.

A strategic project for the construction of the Trans-Afghan railway is being implemented jointly. Bilateral cooperation in education, culture and tourism is also expanding.

During the online meeting, the main tasks were substantively considered and priority measures were identified to deepen partnership and practical interaction between Uzbekistan and Pakistan. A schedule of upcoming events has been agreed upon.

Special attention was paid to the continuation of a constructive political dialogue, inter-parliamentary ties and close contacts within the framework of international and regional structures.

An agreement was reached to take additional measures to promote priority projects in the field of transport and transit, create favorable conditions for increasing trade and strengthening industrial cooperation, including the adoption of an agreement on preferential trade and a roadmap for cooperation in the main sectors of the economy, holding joint business forums.

Issues of resuming air traffic between our countries will be studied.

The leaders separately dwelt on the issues of an early peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. Support was expressed for efforts aimed at the earliest possible economic recovery of this country.

They also exchanged views on other aspects of the international and regional agenda.

In general, the current Uzbek-Pakistani summit was held in a traditionally open, businesslike and friendly atmosphere.

Following the meeting, a Joint Statement was adopted, and a number of important documents were signed in the field of standardization and metrology, agriculture and other areas.