(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ISLAMABAD, Nov 1 (KUNA) -- Pakistan and Uzbekistan have expressed resolve to further enhance cooperation between the two countries to promote peace and stability in the region.
An agreement toward this approach was reached during a meeting between visiting Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in Islamabad on Thursday.
In a joint news conference at the Foreign Office after the meeting, Qureshi said both countries share common views on Afghanistan as they feel that there is no military solution to the Afghan problem.
He said "we are prepared to facilitate and support the dialogue process in Afghanistan." Qureshi further said that he has discussed with the Uzbek side construction of a rail-road corridor, which will enhance connectivity in the region, adding that there are great opportunities to promote bilateral trade.
On the occasion, Kamilov said Pakistan is a regional power, which can play central role in guaranteeing regional peace and stability.
He said "we have common views on regional security, especially peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding that his country gives immense importance to cooperation between the two countries in the realm of security.
The minister said the discussions dealt with means to enhance cooperation in trade, transport, communication, and other sectors. "We also talked about strengthening cooperation in the areas of tourism, people to people exchanges and cultural and humanitarian ties between the two countries," he added.
A press release by Pakistan Foreign Office, released during the visit, said Pakistan and Uzbekistan share similarity of views and a common approach that a stable and economically viable Afghanistan is a prerequisite for stability and development of the entire region.
Both sides expressed readiness to facilitate and support Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.
The Uzbik Foreign Minister undertook the official visit to Islamabad with a high-level delegation. (end) sbk.rk