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Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan renew transit pact

BISHKEK – Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed March 15 to revive the dormant Pakistan-China-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan transit trade pact, originally signed in 2004, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

The Pakistani-Kyrgyz decision occurred during Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan March 15-16.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev expressed interest in electricity sales to Pakistan and Kyrgyz access to Pakistani seaports, especially to Gwadar.

The Afghan situation concerns Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, Gilani said, adding that a joint strategy could defeat terrorism. He stressed the need for an Afghan-led solution to that country’s crisis.

Atambayev called for a peaceful solution involving all stakeholders and expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and security to Afghanistan.

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