Islamabad: Defence Minister Ch.Ahmad Mukhtar and his Uzbek counterpart Lt. Gen Diev Kabul Raimovich, during a call on meeting between Pakistan and Uzbekistan here in Defence Ministry, it was emphasized and pledged that both the countries would promote friendly ties encompassing all fields including Defence.
As an initiative Pakistan offered the shortest sea route to Uzbek goods through Gawadar and Karachi ports.
It also merits a mention here that Pakistan was amongst the first three countries to open embassy in Tashkent in June 1992, the situation in Afghanistan was also discussed in detail. Both Pakistan and Uzbekistan face similar security challenges due to evolving situation in Afghanistan.
It was stressed upon to meet more frequently to share and understand each other’s perspective, arrives at common policy objectives and coordinated response so as to safeguard their respective national interest. As an immediate neighbour of Afghanistan, like Pakistan, Uzbekistan undoubtedly has an important role to promote peace and security in the region.
The Defence Minister, Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar thanked the Uzbek Military leadership for supporting Pakistan’s bid for full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The Uzbek Defence Minister will stay in Pakistan till 7th October. He will have important meetings with various high ups of the country.
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