PR No.121 Islamabad: March 14, 2017

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would enhance contacts of Central Asian States with many countries of the world adding that through this project shortest sea route will be available from Gwadar Port to Kyrgyzstan.

The President said this while talking to Chycybai A. Tursunbekov, Chairman of the Supreme Council, Kyrgyz Republic, who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA Abdul Majeed Khan, opposition members of Kyygyz Parliament and Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan Beishembiev Eirk Aidarkanovick were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that Quadrilateral Traffic in Transit Agreement (QTTA) between Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan has given new impetus to our relations which will further increase trade and economic cooperation. The President highlighted that trade between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan is not commensurate with positional of both countries and called for making concerted efforts to further enhance it. The President underlined the need to enhance contacts between the investors and business community of both countries for furthering bilateral trade and participate in trade exhibitions of both countries. The President underscored that Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan should expand cooperation in the fields of trade, culture, education and undertake regular exchange of parliamentary delegations.

The President expressed optimism that CASA-1000 project would be completed by 2018.  The President called for restoration of air link between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan to enhance people to people contacts. The President appreciated the support of Kyrgyzstan for Pakistan’s permanent membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Chairman of the Supreme Council, Kyrgyz Republic, Chycybai A. Tursunbekov said that Kyrgyzstan is keen to benefit from democratic experiences of Pakistan. He stated that CPEC is an important project for Kyrgyzstan adding that closest ports for his country are situated in Pakistan. Chycybai A. Tursunbekov stated that Kyrgyzstan can cooperate with Pakistan in generation and provision of cheap electricity.