SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD: The visiting dignitary was received by the foreign office officials as his plane landed at the Nur Khan airbase.

The Uzbek deputy prime minister is accompanied by a high level delegation including deputy minister for Investment and Foreign Trade, Transport and other senior officials.

Elyor Ganiev will hold talks with Pakistani leadership on entire spectrum of bilateral relations.  The talks will focus on discussing ways and means to further bolster the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Mr Ganiew is also scheduled to met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and secretaries of Pakistan Railways, Planning Division, National Food Security, Health and Trade and Commerce during his visit.

Back in the month of February, Uzbekistan had granted visa-free entry to citizens of 45 countries to boost tourism, which the government views as vital for economic growth.