PM: (Pakistan, Kazakhstan agree to enhance cooperation in different fields)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kazakhstan have agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in different fields including economy, trade, energy, science and technology and defence.

This was stated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev at a joint news conference in Astana on Wednesday. The Prime Minister said they discussed bilateral relations, regional situation and international issues.

He said both the sides have agreed to start joint development projects in different fields. He said Kazakhstan has been invited to participate in the projects being implemented under China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said Pakistan is working on the Corridor to enhance regional trade.

He said Pakistan will continue to support Kazakhstan at the United Nations and other world forums. He said Pakistan is supportive of efforts for peace and stability in the region. He said the role of Kazakhstan is appreciable for peace and development. He invited Kazak President to visit Pakistan.

Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev said both the countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in textile, energy and defence fields. He said there is a need to enhance trade volume between the two countries. He appreciated Pakistan’s role against terrorism.

The Prime Minister said the two countries have agreed to form joint ventures in different fields including textiles, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and other industries. He said Pakistan would be happy to import gas and oil from Kazakhstan.

He said the Kazakh side has expressed interest in joining Pakistan in ship building as well as other areas like trade and industry. He said the two sides agreed to strengthen economic cooperation by optimal utilizations of existing institutional mechanism.

He noted that our bilateral trade is not commensurate with the goodwill between the two countries and needs to be revitalized. He said we have decided to strengthen connectivity and links between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said that during talks, they reviewed the regional situation especially with regard to Afghanistan. He said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan remains vital for peace and stability in the region.

Earlier, Pakistan and Kazakhstan signed three Agreements and MoUs in Astana to enhance cooperation in different fields. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Nursultan Nazarbayev witnessed the signing ceremony.

An agreement was signed on cooperation in military training between the two countries. An MOU was signed to set up a Joint Trade Council to enhance trade between the two countries. Joint Declaration was also signed regarding the visit of the Prime Minister to Kazakhstan.

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