Pak wants strong eco­nomic ties with Kaza­khstan

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Pak­istan and Kaza­khstan on Wed­nes­day held del­e­ga­tions level talks in As­tana and dis­cussed ways and means to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in dif­fer­ent fields be­tween the two coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev led his del­e­ga­tion while Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif headed the Pak­istan del­e­ga­tion at the talks.

Both sides dis­cussed to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in the fields of trade, econ­omy, energy and science and tech­nol­ogy. They con­sid­ered mat­ters re­lat­ing to es­tab­lish­ment of strong eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions. They agreed that the joint min­is­te­rial com­mis­sion will pre­pare a roadmap for in­creas­ing trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

Both sides re­viewed mat­ters to fa­cil­i­tate the traders of the two coun­tries to get their visas in easy way. Mat­ters re­lat­ing to es­tab­lish­ment of air link be­tween Pak­istan and Kaza­khstan were also re­viewed.

Prime Min­is­ter em­pha­sised that the two coun­tries should in­crease co­op­er­a­tion in oil and gas sec­tor. Ear­lier, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev held one-on-one meet­ing and dis­cussed wide range of is­sues to en­hance bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

He said Pak­istan wants strong eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion with Kaza­khstan. The Prime Min­is­ter said both the coun­tries have to in­crease their vol­ume of trade. He said Pak­istan gives high im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with Kaza­khstan.

Naz Sharif said Kaza­khstan is a brother Is­lamic coun­try and is just like my sec­ond home. He said both the coun­tries are bound in his­toric and cul­tural re­la­tions.

Kazak Pres­i­dent said they value re­la­tions with Pak­istan. He said lack of in­fra­struc­ture is a hur­dle in im­prove­ment of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. He ap­pre­ci­ated the poli­cies of the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment which re­sulted in eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif shared his vi­sion of es­tab­lish­ing energy and trade cor­ri­dors with Cen­tral Asian states.

The prime min­is­ter said Pak­istani ports pro­vide the short­est route to sea for the Cen­tral Asian Re­publics. He said Pak­istan is ea­ger to see a pros­per­ous Cen­tral Asia with all coun­tries con­nected by rail, road and air links and gen­er­at­ing busi­ness.

The Prime Min­is­ter said de­spite enor­mous eco­nomic com­ple­men­tar­i­ties, bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Pak­istan and Kaza­khstan was be­low the ac­tual po­ten­tial. He said visa pol­icy needed to be lib­er­al­ized to gain max­i­mum ad­van­tages in bi­lat­eral trade.

The Prime Min­is­ter called for fur­ther strength­en­ing of bi­lat­eral ties be­tween Pak­istan and Kaza­khstan in di­verse ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly trade, energy and in­fra­struc­ture. He said Pak­istan wants to have good re­la­tions with all its neigh­bours, in­clud­ing In­dia.

About Afghanistan, Nawaz Sharif said, the two coun­tries also sup­port an in­clu­sive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process. Talk­ing about ter­ror­ism, the Prime Min­is­ter said Zarb-e-Azb op­er­a­tion against all ter­ror­ist groups with­out dis­tinc­tion had yielded pos­i­tive re­sults.

Kazakh Prime Min­is­ter Karim Mas­si­mov thanked Pak­istan for sup­port­ing his coun­try at all in­ter­na­tional fora. He said Kaza­khstan would like to join the Chi­naPak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor pro­ject as it would pro­vide an al­t­na­tive route to it for ac­cess to sea.

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