Tashkent, 25 January 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held an official meeting with the Foreign Minister of Turkiye Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tashkent.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 26th meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Both officials reaffirmed the close fraternal ties between the two countries & resolved to further strengthen the entire spectrum of bilateral relations.

They also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and reiterated their commitment to work together for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and regional peace and prosperity.

Bilawal appreciated the Turkish solidarity for the flood-affected people of Pakistan and continued support for restoring the flood-hit people and building a climate-resistant Pakistan.

Notably, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is paying an official visit to Uzbekistan from the 23rd to the 24th of January to attend the 26th meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

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The theme of the conference is ‘Year of Strengthening Connectivity’. According to Foreign Office, the Foreign Minister will address the council.

He will separately hold meetings with participating Ministers of member states and other dignitaries on the sidelines of the event.

Meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister

Bilawal also held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Iran Amirabdollahian. The two Foreign Ministers discussed significant global and regional developments.

The dignitaries also described the role of border markets in upgrading mutual trade and improving lasting security. Bilawal reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening brotherly relations with Iran further.

For his part, Amirabdollahian expressed regret and sympathy with Pakistan for the recent flood in the country. He reiterated that Iran always feels committed to supporting and helping the brotherly nation of Pakistan in difficult times.

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The two Ministers also discussed the developments in Afghanistan. They described the necessity of forming an inclusive government as a basis for recognizing the government in Afghanistan.