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Pak wants to enhance ties with Kyrgyzstan: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan desires to enhance its bilateral ties with Kyrgyzstan particularly in the trade, economics and cultural fields. He was talking the outgoing Ambassador of the Kyrgyzstan, Nurlan Aitmurzaev who paid a farewell call on him at the Prime Minister House, here on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would consider importing electricity from Kyrgyzstan through Afghanistan in collaboration with the World Bank under Central Asia – South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM) initiative.

He hoped that the ongoing negotiations in this regard will soon reach fruition. The Prime Minister called on Kyrgyzstan for better implementation at the quadrilateral Pakistan China Kyrgystan agreement for traffic in transit to raise the present volume of bilateral trade between the two countries.

He told the Kyrgyz envoy that the government of Pakistan was examining his country’s requests for dedicated facilities at Gwadar and allotment of a plot in Islamabad for the construction of Embassy premises. The Kyrgyz Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for Government of Pakistan’s support for him in discharge of his duties during his tenure in Islamabad and briefed him on his efforts to bring the two countries ever closer.

He requested that Pakistan corporate sector should be encouraged to participate in joint ventures and invest particularly in power generation and transmission sectors of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz envoy informed the Prime Minister that out of the two hydro electric generation projects, one will be completed in December this year whereas the second one being constructed with 50% Russian equity needs participation of investors from other countries for its early completion.

On completion of these projects Kyrgyzstan would be able to supply power to Pakistan. He also requested for Pakistani corporate sectors participation in building of power transmission infrastructure between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to facilitate the export of power to Pakistan.-SANA

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