ASTANA: Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Wednesday agreed to bolster bilateral ties through enhanced cooperation in trade, economy, energy, science and technology, education, and air-connectivity for the mutual benefit of two brotherly countries.
“As we move forward, we would be taking concrete steps to expand mutual cooperation in diverse fields, including regional connectivity, energy, security, education, culture, and people-to-people exchanges,” said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while addressing a joint press stakeout with President Nursultan Nazarbayev here after the two leaders held bilateral talks.
The Prime Minister said the two sides also agreed to strengthen economic cooperation by optimally utilizing the existing institutional mechanisms, adding, the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Kazakhstan was not commensurate with the actual potential and needed to be revitalized.
Nawaz Sharif said he was impressed by the remarkable political stability, social cohesion and impressive economic progress that had been achieved under the visionary and farsighted leadership of President Nazarbayev.
“We wish Kazakhstan all the best on its road to progress and prosperity”, he added.
The Prime Minister mentioned the deep-rooted and historic fraternal ties between the people of Pakistan and Kazakhstan and said the two countries also have great potential to further strengthen their relations to the mutual benefit.
He said the current visit provided him the opportunity to discuss with President Nazarbayev, a wide range of subjects and they touched upon the whole spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues.
The Prime Minister said the two sides have also decided to continue their cooperation at international for a,including the United Nations, SCO,ECO and OIC.
“We are grateful to Kazakhstan for its valuable support to Pakistan for attaining full membership of the SCO. The people of Pakistan will always value this gesture of friendship,” he added.
The Prime Minister was also appreciative of Kazakhstan’s support to Pakistan’s successful bid to become non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council in 2012-13 and said it will happily support Kazakhstan’s candidature to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for 2017-18.
He said the two sides also reviewed the regional situation, especially with regards to Afghanistan, adding, a peaceful and stable Afghanistan remained vital for peace and stability in our region.
“We both continue to support an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” he added.
The Prime Minister said he had come to know that for Kazakhstan, 2015 was a remarkable year, as it was celebrating several important anniversaries.
“We congratulate you Mr. President, and the people of Kazakhstan, on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate. We also congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of the constitution of Kazakhstan and 20th anniversary of the Assembly of the people of Kazakhstan”, he maintained.