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ISLAMABAD, NOV 30: Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kistafin meets Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Ayaz Sadiq at Ministry of Economic Affairs.=DNA PHOTO

ISLAMABAD, NOV 30 (DNA) — Federal Minster for Economic Affairs, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq warmly welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin in Ministry of Economic Affairs in Islamabad Wednesday.

Matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. The Honorable Minister Ayaz Sadiq acknowledged the brotherly relations between Kazakhstan and Pakistan that 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.

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 & 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.

Minister for Economic Affairs appreciated the Humanitarian Assistance and stressed on pushing development in railways and power sector.  He said that Connecting to Central Asia is in keen interest of both the 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 agenda of the 11th IJC session. =DNA