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PM Imran, Modi will face each other at Tashkent summit

ISLAMABAD  – Prime Minister Imran Khan would pay a two-day official vis­it to Uzbekistan from July 15-16 at the invitation of Uzbek Presi­dent Shavkat Mirziyoyev. 

Official sources told The Na­tion that apart from meeting his Uzbek counterpart PM Im­ran Khan would also attend an international connectivity sum­mit named “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” to be held in Tashkent. 

This conference is being held on July 15-16 as an initiative of the President of Uzbekistan. 

The summit will see a gather­ing of leaders from South and Central Asia and aims to in­crease connectivity between the two regions. The summit will 

 have three common themes of discus­sion – Economy, Security, Culture. It aims to refresh historical ties between Central and South Asia. 

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyo­yev has invited the leaders of four Central Asian states, together with the Prime Ministers of India and Pa­kistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian PM Modi would face each other in the conference, including at opening and dinner hosted by the host President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Leading representatives of Russia, Iran, China, the US, and the EU will also be invited to the summit. A ma­jor objective of the summit is the development of solid foundations for closer interaction between Cen­tral and South Asian regions, iden­tifying specific projects of a strate­gic nature.

There are geo-political difficulties to be discussed in the conference and overcome in the light of the rec­ommendations made by leaders at­tending the conference. 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as Russian Foreign Minis­ter Sergei Lavrov and US represen­tatives, the EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell will lead a strong del­egation.

PM Imran Khan is expected to meet leaders of other countries on the sidelines of the summit.

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