Immense potential for Pakistan, Uzbekistan to further build relations in diverse areas

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Zubair Qureshi

Pakistan and Uzbekistan share common interests and have deep-rooted cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and there are diverse areas of cooperation in the framework that both Pakistan and Uzbekistan may explore and build in this important regional multilateral forum.

Both countries can further build relations in developing linkages on cultural, economic, diplomatic, political, security, people to people, educational sectors, museums, parliamentary linkages, developing linkages for digital libraries.

These views were expressed by intellectuals and academicians from Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the Webinar on the “Uzbekistan and Pakistan – Prospects for Cooperation within the SCO” organized.

Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), Islamabad, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Center for Public Diplomacy in Uzbekistan had organized the online seminar in collaboration with the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The aim of the webinar was to discuss the interaction between Uzbekistan and Pakistan within the SCO. In June 2017, Uzbekistan supported Pakistan’s election to the SCO members and has paid special attention to this issue during its presidency of the organization.

The consistent growth in Uzbekistan-Pakistan relations are the manifestation of the long-term cooperation in strengthening security, dynamic development of trade, economic communicative relations, and humanitarian ties in the SCO region.

Speakers also highlighted that both countries are building mutually beneficial cooperation as a result of their geographical proximity and both are helping to promote regional peace and stability, including economic revival.