Dushanbe: PM Imran meets foreign leaders on sidelines of SCO

Dushanbe: PM Imran meets foreign leaders on sidelines of SCO

Dushanbe (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held separate meetings with foreign leaders on the sidelines of the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS).

According to details, Prime Minister Imran Khan met President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi and discussed bilateral relations.

The premier also held a bilateral meeting with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

During the meeting, PM Imran said that Pakistan is resolved to comprehensively upgrade engagement with Central Asian countries through its "Vision Central Asia" policy.

He particularly emphasized the importance of connectivity and Pakistan s pivotal position in providing the shortest access route to the sea.

The premier also highlighted the significance of Trans-Afghan railway project connecting Termez-Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Jalalabad-Peshawar.

PM Imran also elaborated his vision of socio-economic development and shifting country s priority from geo-politics to geo-economics.

He also underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. He stressed that the international community had to remain engaged to support the Afghan people, to address urgent humanitarian needs, and take steps to stabilize the economy.

The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and discussed key regional and international issues.

They affirmed the commitment to enhance Pakistan-Kazakhstan relations in diverse fields particularly trade, investment and transportation links.

The two leaders agreed to increase the frequency of high-level political exchanges. They also decided to enhance connectivity through land and air routes to promote regional integration.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also met President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Dushanbe on the sidelines of SCO.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan also held meeting with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relationship in diverse fields.

President Lukashenko presented PM Imran Khan with souvenirs from his country.

Prior to the bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, the prime minister addressed an event where businessmen from Pakistan and Tajikistan were in attendance.

The premier invited the Tajik business community to invest in Pakistan, assuring to extend full facilitation to them.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Tajikistan on Thursday to attend 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Council of Heads of State Summit in Dushanbe.

PM Imran, who is being accompanied by a high-level ministerial delegation, was received by his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzoda.