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PM arrives in Kazakhstan to attend SCO summit.

ASTANA -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Kazakhstan on Thursday to participate in the two-day meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Astana.

Heads of State Council is the highest decision-making body of SCO which meets annually. Pakistan has observer status at SCO and will become its full member at Astana.

The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held at Ufa in Russia in 2015.

Foreign Office said Pakistan fully subscribes to the Charter of SCO and the 'Shanghai Spirit', and shares with the SCO and member states, deep-rooted historical and cultural links, as well as strong economic and strategic relations.

On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, the Prime Minister will hold a number of bilateral meetings with other participating leaders. He is also expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit, who, Russian media reported, will support Pakistan for securing membership of the SCO.

Besides the SCO Summit, Kazakhstan is also hosting the International Expo 2017, in which more than 100 countries including Pakistan are participating. The Prime Minister along with other participating SCO Heads of States will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the Expo

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated Pakistan's strong commitment to cooperation with Kazakhstan in energy sector, regional connectivity and human resource development.

He expressed these views during his meeting with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at Astana on Thursday.

The Prime Minister 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.

Prime Minister expressed the desire to take bilateral relations to new heights based on mutually beneficial cooperation. Pakistan is keen to further expand ties in all fields, particularly economic and energy cooperation, connectivity and human resource development, added the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister 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.

The Prime Minister 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.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 9, 2017
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