Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has said that Pakistan’s connectivity with Uzbekistan in trade and bilateral spheres will open up new avenues of prosperity in the region.
He made these remarks during his address at the Uzbekistan-Pakistan Business Forum on ‘Central and South Asia 2021: Regional Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities’, in the Uzbek capital.
He said that “Pakistan has immense potential to connect Central Asia with rest of the world and become a hub of trade”.
In his speech, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, mentioned the strong ties between both countries in multiple areas of cooperation. He welcomed PM Khan on his official visit to Uzbekistan, calling it a move that will usher in a new area of cooperation and joint ventures between the two brotherly countries.
Besides the delegation of the Pakistani PM which included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi; the Minister for Information, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain; the Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed; the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi’ National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yusuf; and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s Minister for Information Technology, Atif Khan; the forum was also attended by a large number of businessmen from Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
PM Khan assured the Uzbek businessmen and traders that Pakistan will extend all facilitations to them in the promotion of trade.
He said the railway project between Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan will be a revolutionary development.
While referring to the cooperation among the neighboring countries of the European Union, PM Khan said that bilateral trade arrangements are necessary in this part of the world as well. He said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan enjoy relations rooted in common faith, culture, and history, and offered a unique dimension to the two nations to explore each other in diverse areas.