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.