Pakistan keen to strengthen ties with Kyrgyzstan: President Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday said Pakistan was keen to strengthen its relations with Kyrgyzstan in energy, commercial and economic fields.

Talking to Minister for Economy/Co-Chairman of Pakistan-Kyrgyzstan Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) Kozhoshev Arzybek Orozbekovich at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president said the government and the people of Pakistan valued partnership with Kyrgyzstan.

The president said that CASA-1000 was an important energy project between the two countries adding that this project would be helpful in meeting energy needs.

President Mamnoon said Pakistan wanted to promote regional connectivity and was actively pursuing this initiative to promote relations between countries of South Asia, China and Central Asia. He said Central Asian countries could benefit from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The president stated that increased cooperation between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan in the fields of transport, energy and commerce could be helpful in alleviating poverty.

President Mamnoon said Pakistan’s economy was improving when compared with the economies of other countries of the region, and the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) were acknowledging the country’s economic policies.

President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan believed that Asian countries should increase their trade volume which would enhance mutual linkages and economic conditions.

The president expressed optimism that Kyrgyzstan would extend full support to Pakistan for the membership of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). He called for exchange of high level visits between the two countries which would further enhance bilateral relations.

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