APP15-10 QINGDAO: June 10 - President Mamnoon Hussain and President of Uzbekistan H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a delegation level meeting on the sidelines of 18th SCO Summit. APP

QINGDAO (China), Jun 10 (APP):President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday, while agreeing to enhance bilateral cooperation,
offered Uzbekistan to fully utilize Pakistan’s connectivity potential.
This was agreed in a bilateral meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev who met here in the coastal city of Shandong
province on the sidelines of 18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of States of
Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
The two leaders expressed commitment to enhance bilateral relations in all areas
of mutual interest. President Mamnoon thanked his Uzbek counterpart for extending
support for Pakistan’s membership and assimilation in SCO.
He lauded the lead role of Uzbekistan in SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure
(RATS) and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to complement RATS efforts for
regional peace and security.
President Mamnoon hinted at historical bilateral cultural relations, spanning
over centuries and emphasized the need to enhance people-to-people’s contacts.
The President said that the resumption of Uzbek Airways direct flights between
Lahore and Tashkent would contribute towards enhanced two-way tourism and
people-to-people contacts.
He further reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned
peace process and establishment of enduring peace in the war-torn country.
The two leaders agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation across all areas of
mutual interest, particularly in the fields of energy, agriculture, education, infrastructure
and transportation.
They also examined the prospects of cooperation in areas of trade and economy,
investment, culture, education and science & technology.