Pakistan-Uzbekistan relationship start of journey of development: PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday assured Uzbekistan’s business community that his visit is the beginning of the “journey of development and prosperity”.
“I want to assure the business community of Uzbekistan that this relationship is just the beginning of the journey of development and prosperity,” said PM Imran Khan while addressing the Uzbekistan-Pakistan Business Forum on ‘Central and South Asia 2021: Regional Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities’, in Tashkent.
PM Imran Khan assured the businessmen and traders of Uzbekistan that Pakistan would extend them every possible facilitation in promotion of trade.
The PM, who is on a two-day visit, said that Pakistan’s connectivity with Uzbekistan in trade and bilateral spheres would open up new avenues of prosperity in the region.
“Pakistan has immense potential to connect Central Asia with rest of the world and become a hub of trade,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister said the railway project among Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan would be a harbinger of development. He stressed that to exploit the region’s potential, peace and security in the neighborhood was essential.
On the situation in Afghanistan, he said peace in the war-torn country was important to ensure the materialisation of development projects in Central Asia.
“Pakistan is keen for peace in Afghanistan and considers it vital for trade connectivity among the regional countries,” he said, adding that such trade linkages help in raising the living standards of the citizens.
PM Imran Khan referred to the cooperation among the neighbouring countries of the European Union, that focused on bilateral trade arrangements for the benefit of their people.
He hoped that with the support and will of the regional states, the situation in Afghanistan improves.
The prime minister said Pakistan and Uzbekistan enjoy relations rooted in common faith, culture and history and which offer a unique dimension to the two nations to explore each other in diverse areas.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, in his speech, mentioned the strong ties between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in multiple areas of cooperation.
A Welcome ceremony was held in honour of Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI at Koksaray Presidential Palace Tashkent.
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He welcomed PM Imran Khan on his official visit to Uzbekistan, which he said would usher in a new area of cooperation and joint ventures between the two brotherly countries.
Uzbek President welcomes PM Imran Khan
The Pakistani PM Office announced that PM Imran Khan after addressing the forum was welcomed at Koksaray Presidential Palace in Tashkent.
Upon his arrival the PM was given a guard of honour.
Earlier today, upon his arrival at the airport, PM Imran Khan was greeted at the airport by Uzbekistan’s PM Abdulla Aripov.
Soon after his arrival, the premier visited the Independence and Humanism Monument with his Uzbekistan counterpart and laid a wreath..-PUNA