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Pakistan and Uzbekistan establishes Joint Security Commission


Islamabad, 2 November 2021 (TDI): Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a protocol on the establishment of a joint security commission.

Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan, Viktor Makhmudov attended this signing ceremony. Along with The National Security Advisor of Pakistan, Moeed Yusuf. Makhmudov, heading a five-member delegation, is on a three-day visit to Pakistan at the invitation of Yusuf. The protocol covered wide-ranging security-related matters of mutual interest. It established a coordination mechanism between National Security Division and the Security Council under their respective heads.

During the inaugural session, both sides discussed various aspects of the newly-formed joint commission. They also discussed the way forward for making the commission effective and mutually beneficial. Moreover, this commission encompassed matters ranging from transnational crime to drug trafficking. It involves cooperation against terrorism and mutual capacity building in areas such as disaster management. Both parties also discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan. They both agreed to constructively engage in Afghanistan to prevent human catastrophe.

The second session of the body will be held in Uzbekistan next year. Moeed Yusuf while addressing a news conference in Islamabad mentioned that the world needs to coordinate and constructively engage with the Afghan government to avert a humanitarian crisis. Also, said Uzbekistan shared the same stance with Pakistan on the war-torn country.

He said the Central Asian states would be a “crucial element” in the future for fulfilling Pakistan’s geo-economic vision. Adding that Uzbekistan, in particular, had a “critical role” to play. Yusuf said Central Asia was the main priority for Pakistan. Moreover, tapping into the region would open up access to Pakistan. Pakistan will gain benefit from the bloc’s markets and energy reserves.


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