(APP) – Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan, Furkat Sidikov along with Defence Attache Lt Col, Sadullah Tashmatov called on Federal Minister for Defence Production, Zobaida Jalal here on Wednesday.

Additional Secretary Ministry of Defence Production, Maj Gen Ali Amir Awan was also present on the occasion.

The minister stated that Pakistan attached great value to its friendly and cooperative ties with Uzbekistan as the two nations had deep cultural affinities and shared traditions. She said that relations between the two countries were based on mutual respect and trust.

During the meeting both sides stressed on the need to explore avenues in the field of joint production ventures. It was further emphasized that the existing cordial relations between the two countries be translated into active cooperation in the defence production sector.

The Ambassador of Uzbekistan said that Pakistan was a resource rich nation with a vibrant economy and great potential for further growth.

The minister thanked the Uzbek leadership for supporting Pakistan’s endeavours for full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and extended well wishes for people of Uzbekistan.