Samarkand, 13 April 2023 (TDI): Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar, met with Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Bakhtiyor Saidov, on the sidelines of the 4th Neighbors of Afghanistan conference.

During the discussion, the two officials addressed various aspects of Pakistan-Uzbekistan bilateral relations. They also focused on strengthening trade and investment links. They also examined regional connectivity and Afghanistan’s developing circumstances.

Minister Khar stressed the necessity of strengthening economic ties between the two countries. She also explored the prospect of increasing bilateral trade and investment engagement.

Foreign Minister Saidov stressed the significance of Pakistan-Uzbekistan cooperation in energy, infrastructure, and transportation. He also highlighted Uzbekistan’s intention to enhance regional connectivity, particularly by constructing infrastructural links with Pakistan.

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During the meeting, Hina emphasized Pakistan’s support for an inclusive, Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan. She reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast belief that a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and united Afghanistan is in both countries and the region’s best interests.

Minister Khar noted that Pakistan has devoted itself to assisting the Afghan peace process and striving for a peaceful and prosperous future for the Afghan people. She emphasized the importance of a coordinated regional approach for resolving Afghanistan’s and the region’s challenges.

State’s Minister noted that Pakistan fosters exchange and business collaborations with Afghanistan. She underlined the value of trade and economic ties in generating employment and revenue for Afghans.

Hina further stated that Pakistan is enthusiastic about assisting Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development. She underlined that fostering regional peace and security is dependent on economic prosperity.

Pakistan and Uzbekistan have a long history of amicable relations. Both countries are committed to working together to promote regional connectivity and stability. They desire to support the Afghan people and work for a peaceful, stable future.