Islamabad, 27 September 2022 (TDI): The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Raja Pervez.

During their meeting, both sides highlighted bilateral ties between both countries. Moreover, they also discussed opportunities to further strengthen these ties.

Speaker National Assembly told the Ambassador that Kazakhstan is an important partner of Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistan attaches great significance to its ties with the country under its “Vision Central Asia” policy.

Additionally, he emphasized enhancing trade relations by taking up possibilities of investment and import-export exchange.

In the same vein, he also highlighted relaxing visa policy as well as expanding parliamentary cooperation between representatives of both countries. In response, the Ambassador affirmed that he would try to address the issues raised by the Speaker.

Likewise, he also highlighted the recent bilateral exchanges between the two countries. Ambassador Kistafin affirmed to further expand these ties in the future.

Discussion on IPU

On the occasion, the Speaker of the National Assembly also asked the Ambassador to support National Assembly’s initiative under IPU.

The initiative calls for international countries and partners to help Pakistan with funds in order to combat climatic changes.

In addition, Speaker Raja Pervez pointed out that Pakistan was witnessing unprecedented climate challenges and it is important to address them on time.

Therefore, the National Assembly has moved an important strategy to be put forward during the 145th IPU Assembly. The 145th IPU Assembly will take place from 11 to 15 October 2022 in Rwanda.

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More than a thousand delegates from 120 IPU member parliaments, including 60 presidents and vice-presidents will attend the Assembly Session.

During the meeting, issues related to gender equality, human trafficking, climate change, and food insecurity, among others, will be addressed.

Due to heavy monsoon rains, Pakistan is facing catastrophic destruction caused by flooding in many areas. More than 1000 people have lost their lives while the floods have caused great infrastructural damage too.

This is why the Third Inter-Parliamentary Union Regional Seminar on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals for Parliaments of Asia Pacific was held in mid-September.

The forum noted that there was an urgent need to accelerate progress and address existing problems including climate change by adopting coherent strategies.

Accordingly, the Forum proposed to include the recent flood crisis in Pakistan as a potential emergency item in the upcoming 145th IPU Assembly taking place in Rwanda next month.

The Ambassador of Kazakhstan at the meeting extended his condolences to the people of Pakistan amid the floods. He also affirmed helping Pakistan deal with the impacts of the floods.