Pakistan and Kazakhstan have agreed to strengthen “institutional mechanisms” such as bilateral political consultations, intergovernmental commissions and joint working groups to strengthen bilateral multilateral relations and strengthen high-level ties.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday met with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi on the sidelines of the Ninth Heart of Asia Istanbul Process Conference.
During the talks, issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations and promotion of bilateral cooperation in various fields, were discussed.
The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan attaches great importance to bilateral relations with Kazakhstan.
There are vast opportunities for enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, including aviation, trade and railways.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan provides a short trade route to Central Asian countries through Gwadar Port – which could be equally useful for increasing the volume of bilateral trade.
The two Foreign Ministers also discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Agreed to further activate “institutional mechanisms” such as bilateral political consultations, intergovernmental commissions and joint working groups to expand multilateral relations.
The Foreign Minister briefed the Kazakh Foreign Minister on Pakistan’s reconciliation efforts for peace in the region, including Afghanistan, and the progress that has been made so far as a result, and said that peace in Afghanistan is essential for development and stability in the region.
The success of the Afghan peace process will boost trade and public relations in the region, he added.
The two Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in international fora such as the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the ECO.
The two Foreign Ministers also agreed to enhance high-level contacts to enhance bilateral relations.