PM: (Pakistan wants strong economic relations with Kazakhstan: PM)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kazakhstan held delegations level talks in Astana on Wednesday 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. He said both the countries have to increase their volume of trade. He said Pakistan gives high importance to its relations with Kazakhstan.

Nawaz 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.