TASHKENT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that Pakistan was keen to harness the huge potential, existing for enhancement of bilateral ties between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in the field of economy and other sectors.
In a meeting with President of Uzbekistan Islam Krimov here at Kuksaroy Presidential Palace, the Prime Minister said both the countries were bound by commonalities including religion, culture and customs.
He thanked Uzbek President for warm reception and reiterated his government’s commitment to enhance regional ties with Central Asian states in all spheres.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security Lt. Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan Riaz Bukhari were also present in the meeting.
Nawaz Sharif, who is on a two-day official visit to the Central Asian State, said Pakistan enjoyed good ties with Uzbekistan, mentioning the cultural and geographical affinities between both the states that also widens the scope of bilateral cooperation.
He lauded the economic achievement made by Uzbek Republic for what he said the credit goes to the sagacious leadership of the country.
The Prime Minister said that Uzbekistan was witnessing around 8 percent economic growth rate that was unprecedented to achieve within short span of time.
He said there was a need to expand the bilateral ties particularly in economic sector as huge potential.
President Krimov welcomed the Prime Minister to Uzbekistan and said the commonalties of religion, culture, traditions and customs have made the people of both the countries closer.
He said Pakistan enjoyed a status of important state in the Muslim world as well as the region besides for its role on international issues.
He said the country was also rich in huge human potential that can play a major role for development of the country.
Krimov recalled Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Uzbekistan in 1992 saying that since then, both the countries have effectively maintained their bilateral and multilateral ties.