With the arrival of the first consignment of cargo trucks via Torkham, it appears that Pakistan is strengthening its ties with Uzbekistan.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Investment Abdul Razzaq Dawood welcomed the shipment. National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf along with five members of the Uzbek delegation, led by Lt Gen Makhmudov Victor, Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, NSA Moeed Yusuf also re-affirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening relations with Uzbekistan and other neighboring states.
“We are boosting trade with Uzbekistan,” he added.
Witnessed the arrival of 1st consignment of trucks from Uzbekistan at Torkham border along with @YusufMoeed & H.E. Makhmudov. Trade & Connectivity are an important part of MOC’s 'Silk Route Reconnect' policy for Afghanistan, Central Asian Republics & beyond.#SilkRouteReconnect pic.twitter.com/C91YJPK5Ni
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) November 3, 2021
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Earlier, Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a protocol on the establishment of the Joint Security Commission. The inaugural session of the Commission formed under the protocol took place shortly after.
General Victor Makhmudov and Dr Moeed Yusuf participated in the signing ceremony and led their respective delegations.
The signed protocol covered wide-ranging security-related matters of mutual interest and established a coordination mechanism between Pakistan’s National Security Division and the Security Council of Uzbekistan under their respective heads.
The second session of the Joint Security Commission would be held in Uzbekistan next year.
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Pakistan and Uzbekistan sign trade agreements
Pertinent to note, PM Khan visited Uzbekistan back in July this year. During his visit, the countries signed a number of trade agreements.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirzayev and Prime Minister Imran Khan signed the strategic partnership agreement.
As per the agreement, Pakistan will give access to its ports to Central Asian states through Afghanistan. This will allow Pakistani traders to export their products to Central Asian states through Afghanistan.
Furthermore, Pakistan and Uzbekistan previously signed cooperation agreements in various fields, including trade and investment. As a result, the two countries agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade.
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