Pak-Uzbek relations growing steadily, trade, tourism sectors have huge potential

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25th anniversary of bilateral relations

Zubair Qureshi

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan have been termed on a slow but steady pace i.e. from cordial to excellent and “The mutual cooperation between the two nations is increasing with each passing day.”
Federal Minister for Food Security & Research Sikandar Bosan expressed these views while addressing a round-table organized by the Embassy of Uzbekistan to mark the 25th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries.
He particularly mentioned his recent visit to Uzbekistan, which he said, was excellent and very productive. “Uzbekistan” he said, “has a lot to offer to Pakistan and vice versa therefore both countries are keen to expand cooperation and a variety of fields.”
The minister hoped the newly appointed ambassador of Pakistan to Uzbekistan would contribute greatly towards further promotion and strengthening of these relations.
National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik also spoke on the occasion. Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furkat Sidikov briefed the audience about various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said, on December 20, 1991 Pakistan recognized independence of Uzbekistan one of the first countries. On May 10, 1992 diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. These two significant dates related to the opening of a new page in the modem Uzbek-Pakistani relations and the establishment of
foundation to build a mutually beneficial partnership based on the principles of respect, equality and taking into account each other’s interests. In June 1992 and November 2015 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid official visits to Uzbekistan. In August 1992 and May 2006 President of Uzbekistan Islam
Karimov visited Pakistan, he said. Similarly, In November 2015, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Uzbekistan. In June 2016, President Mamnoon Hussain attended the meeting of the Heads of States Council of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO) in Tashkent.
In September 2016, Uzbek delegation headed by Chairman of “Uzindustryexport” visited Islamabad and Lahore. In December 2016 Delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Ulugbek Rozukulov visited Pakistan. In February 2017, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Mr.Ulugbek
Rozukulov visited Pakistan to participate on 13th ECO Summit.
All these visits and friendly gestures show the leadership on both sides is sincere and serious in promoting bilateral relations and expanding trade and tourism for the people of the two countries.