Bishkek, 26 October 2023 (TDI): President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov received Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani, who arrived in Bishkek to attend the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), on October 25.

The meeting occurred on the sidelines of the 22nd Council of Heads of Government (CHG) session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was convening in Bishkek.

President Japarov said, the the  Kyrgyzstan is interested in development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Moreover, relations between the two countries are developing yearly, including in the framework of the UN, SCO, OIC, OECD, the President added.

Foreign Minister Jilani extended heartfelt greetings to the Kyrgyz President Japarov on behalf of the people and leadership of Pakistan.

“We expressed our gratitude for Kyrgyzstan’s commendable leadership in various international forums and shared a mutual commitment to strengthen our economic, political, and educational ties. I also reaffirmed our invitation for the President to visit Pakistan,” said Minister Jilani.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan thanked them for their hospitality and passed greetings from the President and acting Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Jalil Abbas Jilani said this is his second visit to Kyrgyzstan and that big changes occurred in the country under Sadyr Japarov’s leadership.

He expressed readiness to further develop relations between the two countries in all spheres of mutual interest.

Jalil Abbas Jilani passed an invitation to President Sadyr Japarov to visit Pakistan at a time convenient for him.

The parties expressed confidence that the bilateral cooperation will reach new heights.

The Foreign Ministers discussed the current agenda of bilateral relations and expressed interest in exchange for top-level visits, the next round of political consultations at the level of the Deputy Foreign Ministers.

Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Zheenbek Kulubaev suggested signing interdepartmental agreements on cooperation in the sphere of trade, investments, tourism, education, military and technical sectors.

He stated that the signing of these agreements would enable the improvement of bilateral ties.

Pakistan’s desire to develop the region’s transit potential, particularly along the Pakistan-China-Kyrgyzstan transport corridor, was conveyed by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

He extended an invitation to Kyrgyz business circles to investigate Pakistani seaports’ potential to boost international commerce.

The Foreign Ministers also discussed the state of affairs in Afghanistan and regional security.

He highlighted excellent prospects for raising the volume of commerce between the two nations.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister met with SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming to address key and useful cooperation areas such as energy, connectivity, and poverty reduction.

He restated Pakistan’s dedication to a shared future and the Shanghai Spirit for Regional Development.

While Pakistan was the chair of the Council of Heads of Government, the secretary general gave his full support.

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Additionally, the Foreign Minister and his Kyrgyz colleague held a “very fruitful” discussion in which they decided on a plan to strengthen their bilateral connections on the political, economic, and connectivity fronts.