Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan are members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and share mutual vision about security in the region. He is a serene and serious diplomat with a large number god gifted diplomatic qualities. Since his appointment here in Islamabad, silently, but in a dynamic way he is always taking measures to bring Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan closer and closer. In result of his untiring efforts, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan are increasing their bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and sectors with the passage of each day.
Ambassador Erik Beishembiev was appointed in February 2017 in Pakistan and he is proactive to enhance bilateral relations. He served as Director General of the 1st Political Department (including & China) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and deeply understand regional foreign affairs.
In the diplomatic core Ambassador Erik Beishembiev is very active and popular and is very often visible on diplomatic events. Moreover he is very interactive with Pakistani political, military and business communities in a bid to foster cooperation between both the countries in almost fields. This is why, despite lingual and other differences, a large number of Pakistani students are getting education in Kyrgyz educational institutions.
In August last year Ambassador Erik Beishembiev met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed matters of mutual interest including regional security issues. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts and sacrifices for peace and stability in the region.
Previously in March 2018, Kyrgyz Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Rayimberdi Duishenbiev had visited Pakistan and held meeting with Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Both military leaders discussed military to military relations, regional security situation and measures to further enhance bilateral defence cooperation were discussed.
In November last year, Ambassador Erik Beishembiev met with the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Pakistan General Zubair Mahmood Hayat here. Within the framework of the meeting, topical issues and the current state of the Kyrgyz-Pakistani relations were discussed.
As a result, the sides agreed to direct their efforts to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
Later in the month, the Ambassador Erik Beishembiev met with the Chief Minister Sindh. Syed Murad Ali Shah and highly appreciated the efforts of the leadership of Sindh province, which was a major center of Pakistan’s economic activity, in expanding foreign trade and economic ties. It should be noted that from 9 to 12 November in Karachi, the main trade fair was held in the country, aimed at demonstrating to the world community a wide range of goods and services exported by the Islamic Republic. Representatives of diplomatic missions and business delegations of 85 countries took part in the exhibition.
With this in mind, with the aim of boosting trade and economic ties between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with the assistance of the Kyrgyz Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the issue of participation of the Kyrgyz delegation, including representatives of the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation and the Chamber of Commerce was successfully developed.
Within the framework of the meeting, the sides also exchanged views on the main areas of bilateral cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in which Sindh province can play a key role. As a result, an agreement was reached to provide comprehensive assistance in the implementation of the planned joint plans.
Earlier in March , the Ambassador Erik Beishembiev had met the Joint Secretary National History and Literary Heritage Division Syed Junaid Akhlaq here. During conversation the issues of cooperation between two countries in the field of literature, exchange of the visits between writers and poets, organization of book fairs, joint conferences and seminars, translation and publication on the national languages of the works of the well-known writers were discussed by the sides.
He briefed on the Third international Issyk-Kul forum of intellectuals, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov, which is planned to be held in October 2018. The Chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters noted the interest of Pakistan in the development of the cultural and humanitarian cooperation with the countries of SCO, including Kyrgyzstan, taking account the membership of his country in this organization since last year.
In October last year Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan Erik Beishembiev invited the Pakistani students, businessmen and skilled workers to visit his country where countless opportunities await them to realize their dreams. Erik Beishembiev was speaking at the reception marking 27th Independence Day of his country. Kyrgyzstan embassy had hosted the reception at Serena hotel that was attended by a large number of the members of the diplomatic corps, ambassadors and high commissioners, members of civil society, and prominent personalities.
The Ambassador and Mrs Beishembieva received the guests wearing traditional Kyrgyz dress. The guests took keen interest in Kyrgyz traditional dress: Ak Kalpak (white hat) for men and beldemchi a tight sleeveless jacket with silver buttons over dressing gown for women. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs & Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri was the chief guest on the occasion. Qadri congratulated Ambassador Erik Beishembiev on the historic occasion saying the bilateral relations between the two countries were based on mutual trust, long-term friendship and shared vision.
Pakistan values its friendship with Kyrgyzstan and I sincerely hope and wish exchange between business communities and students of the two countries will further enhance in the days to come, said Qadri. Ambassador Erik Beishembiev said since establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992 Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan enjoyed excellent political relations and a number of exchanges made between the leadership of the two countries Pakistani Prime Ministers visited Kyrgyzstan three time, Speakers of the Kyrgyzstan’s parliament visited Pakistan twice and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan paid an official visit to Pakistan.
Last year Kyrgyz-Pakistani International Institute of medical sciences was established in Kyrgyzstan and first Pakistani students will begin study there in current year. Throughout our long history, we had periods of rising and falling, including of the first Kyrgyz Khaganate – an ancient state in IX-X centuries, which covered vast territories from Siberia to Central Asia, said the ambassador.
Cooperation in the field of education is developing actively and about 2,000 Pakistani students are studying in Kyrgyzstan mostly in medical universities, said the ambassador adding in 2017 first Kyrgyz-Pakistani International Institute for medical sciences has started its work in Kyrgyzstan. Our country’s geostrategic position on the crossroads between Central Asia and China and further through Karakorum Pass to Pakistan opens excellent opportunities for regional trade and economic cooperation and connectivity, he said. He also invited Pakistani businessmen to look into opportunities of joint cooperation.
For Pakistani tourists Kyrgyzstanto is an ideal country to visit. Its beautiful mountains cover more than 90pc of the territory. The highest mountain peaks of the world after the Himalayas and Pamir are located in Kyrgyzstan. Besides, the Kyrgyz lake Issyk-Kul is the second largest high mountain lake in the world after Titicaca in South America. In September this year the Third World Nomad Games successfully passed at the Issyk-Kul lake with participation of more than 2300 athletes from 80 countries, including Pakistan.
The lake is also a place of the 3rd International Issyk-Kul forum which started on Oct 5, 2018 in memory of the prominent Kyrgyz writer Chyngyz-Aitmatov, whose books have been translated into 176 languages and published in 80 million copies. Kyrgyzstan he said provides a visa-free regime for more than 60 countries and recently introduced e-visa system.