PM Khan reaffirms commitment to “trans-Afghan railway”

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – March 11, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan expressed appreciation, Wednesday, for the proposed trans-Afghan railway project between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and underscored Pakistan’s commitment to support all efforts for the earliest realisation of the connectivity project.

According to a press release, the PM expressed these remarks during his meeting with Uzbekistan foreign minister (FM) Abdulaziz Kamilov who along-with his delegation called on the premier in the federal capital.

PM Khan highlighted that Pakistan offers the shortest route to international seas to all Central Asian Republics (CARs) through Karachi and Gwadar ports and could be the gateway to the landlocked Central Asia.

He reaffirmed the resolve to facilitate Uzbekistan’s access to Pakistani ports.

Uzbekistan FM Kamilov handed over a letter from Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed to PM Khan, inviting him to participate in a Central Asia-South Asia (CASA) Connectivity Conference in Tashkent in July 2021.

The PM thanked for the invitation and mentioned that he was looking forward to visit Uzbekistan.

PM Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support to the Afghan peace process, stressed the imperative of negotiated political solution.

He expressed the hope that the Afghan sides will seize this historic opportunity to work together constructively and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive negotiated political settlement.

In the context of South Asia, PM Khan underscored that durable peace and economic development in the region hinged on peaceful resolution of long-standing unresolved disputes.

He particularly emphasised that enhanced trade and regional connectivity are the cornerstones of economic growth and development.

PM Khan underlined Pakistan’s resolve to forge closer ties with Central Asia, covering trade, investments, energy, and people-to-people exchanges.

Uzbekistan FM Kamilov conveyed cordial greetings of Uzbek president Mirziyoyev and reiterated Uzbekistan’s commitment to expand bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields.

The PM fondly recalled his interactions with Uzbek president in Beijing and Bishkek and reiterated his invitation to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience.

Underlining the historic and civilisational links between the two countries, PM Khan underlined that Pakistan highly valued its close fraternal ties with Uzbekistan and wished to deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas.