ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema has said that Pakistan would take all the necessary steps to ensure food security in the country. 

He made these remarks in a meeting with Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan Ulanbek Totuiaev at his office. During the meeting, both sides discussed the trade potential of agricultural products between the two countries. Ambassador Ulanbek Totuiaev said that the business community of Kyrgyzstan is keen to import agricultural products from Pakistan, especially mangoes and kinnows. 

Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema said that officials from the both sides can discuss the required facilitation and build the required framework for trade between the Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. He said that he is interested in fully utilizing the trade potential with Kyrgyzstan in agriculture and livestock.

Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema directed the relevant officials at the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to assess potential avenues to boost trade and cooperation with Kyrgyzstan. Ambassador Ulanbek Totuiaev invited Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema to take part in the next Joint Working Group, which will be organized by the Ministry of Commerce to enhance regional economic trade between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, to explore the options and means to ensure food security in the both countries.

Ambassador Ulanbek Totuiaev apprised that the government has recently changed in Kyrgyzstan, which is actively pursuing the direction of growth in agriculture, science and technology, and education. He said that many opportunities of fruitful cooperation exist between the two countries. Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan Ulanbek Totuiaev highlighted that Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan share friendly relations based on strong historical ties. He said that there are a significant number of Pakistani students studying in the universities of Kyrgyzstan. Tariq Bashir Cheema said that Pakistan places great importance to its relation with Kyrgyzstan.