Pakistan, Kazakhstan to execute joint energy, communication, defence projects


ASTANA Sept 10 (TNS): Pakistan and Kazakhstan have agreed to execute joint projects in the fields of defence, energy and communication to widen the bilateral cooperation.

The agreement was reached during a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev who arrived at President’s residence for one-on-one meeting here.

The Pakistani President is in Astana to attend the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology being hosted by Kazakh government from September 10-11.

President Mamnoon Hussain, who was accompanied by Ambassador of Pakistan in Kazakhstan Abdul Salik Khan, thanked Kazakh government for warm welcome and hospitality.

He emphasised that the bilateral ties should be developed into the multiple partnership besides calling for enhancing the bilateral trade and relaxation of visa policy. The president thanked Kazakh government for opting a just stance on the issue of the membership of the nuclear suppliers group.

Besides underscoring the need for enhancing the defence ties, the president also offered that Pakistan could assist in imparting skills to Kazakh people. He said that Pakistan desired enhancing bilateral engagements in the fields of oil and gas and Pakistani firms could invest in the said sectors of Kazakhstan. He also called for establishing the air and road links between the two countries to enhance the trade volume.

President Mamnoon Hussain said there was a need for quadrilateral framework for regional economic stability comprising Pakistan, China, Kazakhtsan and Kyrgyzstan. He said this year, both the countries were celebrating 25 years of the bilateral ties when they would explore new avenues for bilateral cooperation. President Mamnoon also suggested the exchange of delegations between the two countries in the fields of industry, trade, culture and education which was accepted by the Kazakh prime minister.

He also proposed the enhanced bilateral cooperation in banking, infrastructure, construction, food processing, energy, science and technology. In his remarks, the Kazakh prime minister said after its inclusion in Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a member, Pakistan’s ties in the region would improve. He also thanked Pakistan for supporting Kazakhstan for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

He apprised the president that Kazakhstan desired extending cooperation to Pakistan in the fields of minerals, mining, transport and communications.

The Kazakh premier said Kazakhstan also desired to be part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and also proposed interaction among the experts from both the sides.