BOAO  - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday urged Kazakhstan - the world’s largest landlocked country, to benefit from Pakistan’s shortest route to seaports.

In a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Karim Massimov on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia here, the prime minister said Pakistan provides an easy access for Central Asian states to the sea for transportation of goods.

Gilani said Pakistan wants to maintain strong trade and communication links with the energy-rich Kazakhstan. He mentioned the Quadrilateral Agreement for Traffic in Transit (between Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) that facilitates direct land route between the two countries.

He expressed confidence that the Kazakh government would also facilitate easy access to Pakistani commodities to the Kazakh markets.

He recalled his visit to Kazakhstan in September 2011, terming it very fruitful and stressed the need to have more high-level contacts and parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.

He stressed cooperation between the security agencies of the two countries to fight the menace of terrorism, narcotics and extremism.

Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan appreciates Kazakhstan’s support for Pakistan’s membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and added that Pakistan endorses the aims and objectives of SCO.

He said Pakistan wants peaceful Afghanistan through an Afghan-led reconciliation process. The Kazakh Prime Minister said his country was keen to cooperate with Pakistan in sectors of energy, agriculture and infrastructure.

Prime Minister Gilani invited his Kazakh counterpart to visit Pakistan on the mutually convenient dates.