Islamabad, 29 October 2022 (TDI): The Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor for Political, Public, and National Heritage and Culture Engr. Amir Muqam received a visit from Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin, on Friday October 28, 2022, to address issues of common interest.

The Adviser to PM noted that as both countries have same strategic vision of regional cooperation, in this regard Pakistan places huge importance on its relations with Kazakhstan.

Engr. Amir Muqam claimed that relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan were cordial and brotherly, and that there was more room for improvement in these ties.

According to him, the business community of the two nations should encourage trade and investment by looking at ways to strengthen current commercial links.

He added that Kazakhstan is the global biggest landlocked country and had the largest economy in Central Asia (as per 2020 figures, Astana represents approx. 60% GDP of region), so there was a big room for cooperation and growth between the two countries.

During the meeting, Amir Muqam also stressed the value of cultural links and potential partnership between the two nations.

The Ambassador thanked Amir Muqam for the warm welcome and expressed his concerns for Pakistan’s flood victims.

He praised the cordial and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He also pledged further cooperation in a range of fields, notably cultural diplomacy.

Pakistan-Kazakhstan Relations

Since their formal diplomatic relations were established, Islamabad and Astana have exhibited a model relations. Both states have enjoyed their friendly, cooperative, and economically integrated bilateral relations.

Kazakhstan got its independence in December 1991, and Pakistan was one of the initial few states to recognise its independent status. Diplomatic links were eventually formed between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in 1992.

In 1995, Pakistan showed interest, and the first visit by a Prime Minister took place, followed by second one in 2011.

In 2011, the Pakistani President also travelled to Kazakhstan. Then, in 2015, the Pakistani Prime Minister travelled to Kazakhstan.

While the President of Kazakhstan made two trips to Pakistan, in 1992 and 2003. High-ranking officials and a number of ministers and members of parliament also exchanged visits.

Since the extent and perspective of bilateral ties between Islamabad and Astana are varied and dynamic, both states have been exchanging greater diplomatic relations since the outset.

While Kazakhstan is an important state of the Central Asia Region (CAR) and has always had ties to South Asia. Pakistan places a high priority on fostering stronger trade ties with Kazakhstan.

Additionally, Pakistan provides the vital geographical connections and connectivity needed for advantageous collaboration in the commerce and regional energy.