Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to increase trade, connectivity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed on the need to increase mutual trade and comprehensively upgrade bilateral cooperation in all fields.

This understanding was reached when Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a cordial meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Chingiz Azamatovich Aidarbekov on the sidelines of SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Moscow on Thursday, said a statement issued here.

Qureshi referred to the deep historical and cultural ties between the two countries and thanked the Kyrgyz side for its active support for Pakistan’s membership for the SCO.

Both sides reviewed bilateral ties and examined the prospects of cooperation in diverse areas including political, economic, regional connectivity and people to people contacts.

The two foreign ministers agreed that it is important to enhance land and air connectivity. Issues related to the welfare of Pakistani students and expatriate community were also discussed. Both sides expressed satisfaction at their ongoing collaboration at the regional and international fora.

Qureshi apprised his Kyrgyz counterpart of the steps being taken by the government of Pakistan to save lives and secure livelihoods in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. He briefed his Kyrgyz counterpart about evolving peace and security situation in the region.

He also briefed the Kyrgyz side on Pakistan’s efforts aimed at promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, Pakistan-India relations and human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The two foreign ministers agreed to remain in close contact to further strengthen joint efforts for enhanced cooperation in all spheres of common interest.

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