Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will visit Uzbekistan
He will attend 26th meeting of Council of Ministers in Tashkent
He will hold bilateral meetings with ministers of member states
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will pay a two-day official visit to Uzbekistan tomorrow (Monday).
The foreign minister attend the 26th meeting of Council of Ministers of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) being held in Tashkent. The theme of the conference is ‘Year of Strengthening Connectivity’.
A statement from the Foreign Office said the foreign minister will address the Council and separately hold bilateral meetings with participating ministers of member states and other dignitaries on the sidelines of the event.
The Council of Ministers is the policy-making forum of ECO that approves the decisions and annual work plan of the Organization.
As a founding member, Pakistan remains strongly committed to ECO which is aimed at promotion of effective regional cooperation, with special focus on communications, trade, culture and connectivity.
In July last year, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari led the Pakistan delegation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers (SCO-CFM) meeting held in Tashkent.
Official engagements commenced with a joint call by SCO Foreign Ministers on the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
During the meeting, Bilawal expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded to him and his delegation. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen the close, historic and fraternal relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
In his statement at the meeting, Bilawal highlighted Pakistan’s perspective on important regional and international issues of concern to SCO member states.
On the sidelines, the Foreign Minister had important and in-depth interactions with his counterparts from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
In these bilateral meetings, he exchanged views on issues of common interest as well as matters relating to bilateral cooperation and further strengthening of political, economic and trade relations.
This was the first interaction of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the SCO platform where he was greeted warmly by his counterparts.
His comprehensive statement that covered all aspects of wide-ranging collaboration among SCO member states and Pakistan’s active participation with the SCO Secretariat and Executive Committee of SCO-RATS was well-received.
The Council of Foreign Ministers meeting provided an important opportunity for Pakistan to share its priorities for the future direction of the organization.