PM to visit Kazakhstan; discuss bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Kazakhstan on Tuesday and discuss with its leadership ways to boost their bilateral ties.

During the visit from August 25, at the invitation of President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, a number of agreements and MoUs are expected to be signed.

The Prime Minister who will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, will also hold meetings with President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Karim Massimov.

The leaders will discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, a statement from the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan was among the first few countries that recognized and established diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan after its independence in December 1991.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Kazakhstan is reflective of his vision to enhance and strengthen Pakistan’s relations with Central Asian Republics, the statement said.

Pakistan accords high priority to its deep historical and cultural bonds with the Central Asian region and was committed to expand cooperative relations with these States, the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan values its close and brotherly relations with Kazakhstan. Relations between the two countries are marked by cordiality and cooperation in diverse fields.

The two countries share common views on major regional and international issues and cooperate closely in multilateral forums including the UN, SCO, ECO and OIC, the Foreign Office said.

The relations between the two regional countries are based on mutual respect, shared perceptions and common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region.

Source: APP