Islamabad: According to the official sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan would discuss the Trans Afghan Railway project with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a virtual meeting on Wednesday.
The planned 573-kilometer railway line would run from Peshawar to Kabul and then via Mazar-i-Sharif to Uzbekistan.
The meeting’s agenda covers current bilateral substantive cooperation and regional engagement topics.
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Aside from the trans-Afghan railway, the meeting will concentrate on growing bilateral trade volume, expanding cooperation between the two countries’ leading enterprises and businesses, resuming air traffic, establishing interregional ties, and cultural and humanitarian exchanges.
The leaders of Uzbekistan and Pakistan will also discuss cooperation in international organizations and the calendar of upcoming events.
Several joint documents in the political, trade and economic, transportation, communication, and educational spheres will be signed following the summit.
Uzbekistan and Pakistan have already expressed their desire to sign a preferential trade agreement and cooperate in the fields of transportation, textiles, manufacturing, and information technology.
The governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan signed a strategic plan in February to construct a new 573-kilometer trans-Afghan railway that will link Central Asia to ports on the Arabian Sea.
The three parties will conduct a joint survey of the route and its terrain, as well as a preliminary feasibility report for the project, as part of the agreement.
The line will connect with the current Termez, Uzbekistan – Mazar-i-Sharif cross-border line, which opened in January 2012 and provides a direct rail connection between Pakistan and the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.
To facilitate cargo transport, 27 stations, 912 artificial constructions, and seven tunnels are expected to be built.
When contacted, Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chahudhri announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Uzbek President Islam Karimov would meet virtually on April 14.