Pakistan and Kazakhstan for the rapid finalization of the bilateral TTA

SAMARKAND: Pakistan and Kazakhstan on Friday agreed to quickly finalize the bilateral agreement on transit trade and undertake expert-level studies to enhance cooperation in the energy sector.

Bilateral relations were discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev here on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Heads of State Council.

The two leaders emphasized facilitating people-to-people contacts through liberalized visa policies to boost trade, educational ties and investments. They also exchanged views on key regional and international issues.

They affirmed their commitment to strengthening relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in various fields, including trade, investment and transport.

Kazakh envoy announces measures to increase trade with Pakistan

President Tokayev expressed his sympathy and condolences for the devastation caused by the unprecedented floods caused by climate change in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister thanked the Kazakh President for Kazakhstan’s support and solidarity. He informed him of the colossal loss in terms of human life and damage to crops, livestock and critical infrastructure caused by climate change. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stressed the need for urgent global action to deal with the global threat. He stressed that Pakistan is committed to comprehensively improving engagement with Central Asian countries through its “Central Asia Vision” policy. He particularly highlighted the importance of connectivity and Pakistan’s central position in providing the shortest access route to the sea.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the trans-Afghan railway project linking Uzbekistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan. He expressed a desire to connect the existing Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway line to Pakistan.

To promote regional integration, the two leaders also decided to boost connectivity by land and air.

The Prime Minister also stressed the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. He stressed that the international community must remain engaged to support the Afghan people, meet urgent humanitarian needs and take steps to stabilize the economy.

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