ASTANA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
During the bilateral meeting, the prime minister thanked President Nazarbayev for invitation to participate in the ongoing 17th SCO Summit and congratulated him on hosting the summit.
PM Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to cooperation with Kazakhstan in energy sector, regional connectivity and human resource development. He also underscored the need for enhancing trade between the two countries, which was much less than the potential.
The prime minister expressed the hope that the outcome of the ongoing SCO Summit will result in paving way for cooperation and economic prosperity of the people of the region.
He thanked the President of Kazakhstan for the warmth and hospitality extended to him and his delegation.
Meeting with President of Uzbekistan
Earlier Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and expressed desire to take bilateral relations to new heights based on mutually beneficial cooperation.
PM Sharif stated that Pakistan cherishes its close, friendly and fraternal relations with Uzbekistan, as both the countries are bound by strong commonalities of history, faith and culture.
“Pakistan is keen to further expand ties in all fields, particularly economic and energy cooperation, connectivity and human resource development,” expressed the prime minister.
“Pakistan is keen to further expand ties in all fields, particularly economic and energy cooperation, connectivity and human resource development”, he added.
PM Sharif stated that Uzbekistan’s impressive annual economic growth and rich energy resources, and Pakistan’s large industrial and agricultural base provide an ideal environment for expansion of trade and commercial cooperation between the two countries.
He proposed that both countries work together for making appropriate reforms in trade policies to facilitate trade, investment and free flow of goods and services between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.