Prime Minister Kakar travels to Tashkent to attend the ECO summit. To advance regional economic integration, Pakistan and Uzbekistan reaffirmed their determination to finalize the Strategic Partnership Agreement as soon as possible on Wednesday. This announcement was made shortly after caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq arrived in Tashkent for the 16th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit.
Prime Minister Kakar, accompanied by Commerce Minister Gohar Ejaz and Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, was received at Tashkent International Airport by Prime Minister Abdullah Nagmatovich Aripov.
Per the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Kakar engaged in a peripheral meeting with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the summit. Both parties expressed their renewed dedication to participating in regional connectivity efforts and shared their perspectives on cooperation in politics, economy, defense, and security.
In addition to streamlining the ECO Trade Agreement, the premier emphasized that the recent operationalization of preferential and transit trade agreements would increase bilateral and transit trade.
Both parties reaffirmed a commitment to the timely conclusion of the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan railway project. The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and other regional and international developments were also discussed.
Subsequently, during a meeting that took place concurrently with the summit, ECO Secretary General Khusrav Noziri and Mr. Kakar deliberated on the state of affairs in the Middle East and Kashmir, in addition to examining recent advancements in the organization’s trade, connectivity, and economy.