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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has returned home, after concluding his two-day official visit to Kazakhstan.  

During his stay in Astana, the Prime Minister participated in 17th meeting of the Heads of State Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, he also held bilateral meetings with Presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and the UN Secretary General.

During his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders reaffirmed their desire to further enhance bilateral relations.

They took a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and agreed that there is a healthy growth in relations between two countries.

They noted that the high-level interactions and cordial political relations between the two countries have set the stage for translating political goodwill into a substantive economic partnership.

They also agreed to work on concrete proposals for the next session of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation which will take place in Moscow in December this year.

It was also agreed to fast-track the implementation of North-South Gas Pipeline, the agreement for which was signed in October 2015 between two sides.

The two sides also reviewed defence relations during recent years.

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