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Pakistan to give Uzbekistan access to Gwadar, Karachi ports

Islamabad: To boost regional connectivity and commerce, Pakistan will assist Uzbekistan in obtaining access to the seaports of Gwadar and Karachi. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced during a meeting with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov at the PM House on Wednesday.

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“Pakistan may prove to be a gateway to landlocked Central Asia,” the Prime Minister said, inviting all Central Asian Republics (CARs) to take advantage of the shortest path to international waters.

The prime minister recalled his meetings with President Mirziyoyev in Beijing and Bishkek with fondness and reiterated his invitation to the Uzbek president to visit Pakistan.

The prime minister stressed that Pakistan values its strong fraternal relations with Uzbekistan and wishes to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields, citing the two countries’ historic and civilizational ties.

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He also presented Prime Minister Imran Khan with a letter from Uzbek President Islam Karimov, inviting him to attend the Central Asia-South Asia Connectivity Conference in Tashkent in July 2021. The prime minister expressed his appreciation for the invitation and expressed his eagerness to visit Uzbekistan.

It’s worth noting that Pakistan and Uzbekistan are working closely together to boost regional connectivity, especially through the early completion of the Trans-Afghan Railway Project linking Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.

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