ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay an official visit to Uzbekistan on 17-18 November 2015 as part of the regular high-level exchanges between the two brotherly countries.

A statement of Foreign Office stated, “Relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan are marked by cordiality, warmth and close cooperation in many fields. The two countries share similar views on major regional and international issues and collaborate closely in multilateral forums including the UN, OIC, ECO, and SCO”.

It said the prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Adviser to the Prime Minster on National Security and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation and senior officials.

Pakistan attaches high importance to its deep historical bonds with Central Asia and is committed to expanding mutually-beneficial cooperation with all the countries in the region.

The prime minister’s visit to Uzbekistan is reflective of this high priority and broader commitment to further deepen Pakistan’s engagement with Central Asia.

The visit would provide an important opportunity to strengthen and consolidate cooperation in the fields of energy, trade, regional connectivity, culture, tourism and people-to-people contacts, while also exploring new areas of collaboration.

The two leaders would also review the evolving regional peace and security scenario and discuss ways in which the two countries could work together and better coordinate to confront terrorist threats in the region.

During his stay in Tashkent, the Prime Minister would have meetings with President Islam Karimov, covering all aspects of bilateral relations.

The leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. A Joint Declaration and a few documents will be signed during the visit, for enhancing bilateral ties.