PM: PM reaches Kazakhstan)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Astana on Tuesday on a two day official visit to Kazakhstan.

At his arrival at the airport, he was received by the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan. The Prime Minister will hold meetings with President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Karim Massimov on further augmenting bilateral relations in diverse fields.

The two sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interests. Both the sides are also expected to sign a number of bilateral agreements and MOUs.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi, Chairman Board of Investment Mifta Ismail and senior officials.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Kazakhstan is reflective of his vision to enhance and strengthen Pakistan’s relations with Central Asian Republics. Pakistan accords high priority to its deep historical and cultural bonds with the Central Asian region. It is committed to expand cooperative relations with these States.

Earlier, on board the plane, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discussed with Pakistani traders ways and means to further augment trade relations with Kazakhstan. He said exports of pharmaceutical, textiles, fruits and vegetables should be enhanced to Central Asian States. The traders appreciated the government’s economic policies.