Islamabad, December 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan will work together to end extremism adding that the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan have bravely faced the challenge of terrorism and as a result this menace has been greatly overcome.
The President said this while talking to Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Ulugbek Rozukulov, who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Thursday. Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan Furkat Sidikov and high officials were also present on the occasion.
The President conveyed his felicitations to His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his election as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and hoped that during his tenure Pak-Uzbek relations will rise to new heights. The President also expressed condolence on behalf of the people, the Government of Pakistan and on his own behalf, on the sad demise of late President of Uzbekistan Mr. Islam Karimov.
The President said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan are bound together in terms of faith, culture and geographical proximity. The President underlined Pakistan’s desire to further expand cooperation with Uzbekistan in the fields of energy, economy and human resource. The President noted that bilateral trade volume between the two countries was below potential and called for enhancing it to the benefit of the both countries.
President Mamnoon Hussain that Pakistan and Uzbekistan enjoy friendly relations. He added that late President Islam Karimov was desirous of linking up with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and hoped that the present Uzbek government will take this process forward. The President called for regular exchange of trade delegations adding that Pakistan is interested in benefiting from Uzbekistan’s rich energy resources.
The President said that both countries should benefit from each others’ expertise in various fields. The President hoped that Pak-Uzbek cooperation will grow further in the future. On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Ulugbek Rozukulov said that Uzbekistan greatly values its friendship with Pakistan and both countries will cooperate with each other in various sectors.
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