Telephonic dialogue
Flags of Pakistan (L) and Uzbekistan (R). The regional two partners share cordial ties.

Islamabad, 4 November 2021 (TDI):The Uzbek delegation was on a three-day visit to Pakistan. Uzbekistan’s Secretary of the Security Council (National Security Adviser) Lt Gen. Victor Makhmudov had a wide ranging engagements in Pakistan.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan

Victor Makhmudov met with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, 2nd November. Dr. Moeed Yousaf, the National Security Adviser, and other senior officials were present at the meeting. During the meeting, bilateral matters were discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasised the need of improved trade and economic links while recalling a telephone conversation with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment for regional connectivity.

Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan Lt Gen Victor Makhmudov (L) called on Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of high-level dialogue in order to further develop bilateral cooperation in all areas, including economics, trade, investment, energy, security, and education. Imran Khan emphasised the necessity of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan in the regional context.

The Prime Minister extended his invitation to President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to visit Pakistan.

Protocol on Joint Security Commission

Earlier on Tuesday, Victor Makhmudov and Moeed Yusuf signed a historic “Protocol on Joint Security Commission” to establish a multifaceted Joint Security Commission (JSC) that would help in unveiling the geo-economic paradigm shift in the region.

“Pakistan’s entire focus is on shifting to a geo-economic paradigm. “Uzbekistan due to its close proximity with Afghanistan is a very crucial element in fulfilling our geo-economic paradigm. It is an historic day as both the countries have signed the JSC Protocol,”  said Moeed Yusuf .

“We will collaborate in diverse fields like security, defence and associated issues,” he added. “Under the JSC various stakeholders, including ministry of defence, Foreign Office, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will participate,” he said.

Meeting with the Foreign Minister Pakistan

On Tuesday, 2nd November, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Lt. Gen. Victor Makhmudov, in the Foreign Office and shared views on a variety of issues.

The two sides reviewed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, including collaboration in areas such as trade and economic cooperation, regional security, and defence.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Lt. Gen Victor Makhmudov, Secretary of the Security Council of Uzbekistan.

The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of improved political and commercial ties, as well as the implementation of the Pakistan-Uzbekistan Transit Trade Agreement (UPTTA), which the two nations recently inked. In Pakistan’s “Vision Central Asia” agenda, he emphasized the need of regional connectivity.

Makhmudov Victor also visited Torkham border and Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, accompanied by Moeed Yusuf and Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood.