Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan is resolved to comprehensively upgrade engagement with Central Asian countries through its "Vision Central Asia" policy.
He was talking with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting in Dushanbe on Thursday.
He particularly emphasized the importance of connectivity and Pakistan's pivotal position in providing the shortest access route to the sea.
He also highlighted the significance of Trans-Afghan railway project connecting Termez-Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Jalalabad-Peshawar.
The Prime Minister also elaborated his vision of socio-economic development and shifting country's priority from geo-politics to geo-economics.
Imran Khan also underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. He stressed that the international community had to remain engaged to support the Afghan people, to address urgent humanitarian needs, and take steps to stabilize the economy.
The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and discussed key regional and international issues.
They affirmed the commitment to enhance Pakistan-Kazakhstan relations in diverse fields particularly trade, investment and transportation links.
The two leaders agreed to increase the frequency of high-level political exchanges.
They also decided to enhance connectivity through land and air routes to promote regional integration.