Ayaz Sadiq recognizes cordial ties between Pakistan, Kazakhstan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday acknowledged brotherly relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan that have been established since the independence of Kazakhstan.

He stated that trade and cooperation have steadily grown between the two nations but both countries need to work more on it, said a press release issued here.

Yerzhan Kistafin, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan called on the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here.

Matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.

The Ambassador apprised the Minister that the 11th session of Kazakh-Pak Intergovernmental Joint Commission (IJC), under co-chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister- Minister of Trade and Integration Kazakhstan, is going to be held in Islamabad next month.

He highlighted the development areas that are on agenda of the session. These sectors include; Connectivity through land and air routes, Trade relations, Agriculture sector, Energy sector, Banking channels, Education sector and investment opportunities.

Moreover, the Ambassador highlighted that the Republic of Kazakhstan is keen to provide 70,000 tons of additional humanitarian assistance of tents, winter clothes and sleeping bags to flood affected areas in Pakistan.

The Minister appreciated the humanitarian assistance and stressed on pushing development in railways and power sector.

He said that Connecting to Central Asia is in the keen interest of both countries. Both countries need to explore ways to increase bilateral relations through land and air connectivity.

The Secretary EAD also acknowledged the friendly relations between both nations and assured complete assistance in signing of MoUs and Inter-Ministerial Meeting (IMM) to finalize the agenda of the 11th IJC session.