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Zardari and Otunbayeva discuss trade ties

ISTANBUL: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that the democratic government of Pakistan had given a new impetus to its ties with Kyrgyzstan, calling on the two countries to do more work together to implement the agreement on transit traffic.

Zardari and Otunbayeva discuss trade tiesHe was talking to Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva who called on him here on Wednesday. Both are in Istanbul to attend the summit meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) to be held on Thursday. Mr Zardari said ECO was a useful forum and there was a need to strengthen it.

The two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest with focus on trade and economic relations and strengthening cooperation in various fields.

Mr Zardari congratulated Ms Otunbayeva on holding of elections and formation of a new government in Kyrgyzstan.

He said that Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan should create an institutional framework and infrastructure needed to promote bilateral trade.

He appreciated Ms Otunbayeva’s government for ensuring protection of Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan.

Mr Zardari invited the Kyrgyz president to visit Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik

and Board of Investment chairman Saleem H. Mandviwala also attended the meeting.—APP

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