Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a bilateral meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Mr. Ruslan Kazakbaev on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum on 18 June 2021.

Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke highly of the historical relations between the two countries and their deep cultural linkages.

The two sides reviewed bilateral ties in diverse areas including political, economic, commercial, defence and security. Issues related to the welfare of Pakistani students and expatriate community were also discussed. Both sides expressed satisfaction at their ongoing collaboration at various regional and international fora.

The Foreign Minister elaborated Pakistan’s efforts for enhanced engagement with Central Asian countries to build a result-oriented, sustainable and long-term partnership through its “Vision Central Asia” policy. He also highlighted the aspect of regional connectivity and integration as its important components and underlined shortest access to the sea for Central Asian states through Gawadar and Karachi ports.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed to remain in close contact to further strengthen joint efforts for enhanced cooperation in all spheres of common interest.

18 June 2021

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