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Kazakhstan: Pakistani President Ends Visit

Almaty, 30 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Pakistani President Farooq Ahmad Han Leghari ended today his three-day visit to Kazakhstan.

During his last day in the Kazakh capital, Almaty, Leghari addressed the Kazakh parliament and met the chairman of the Senate -- upper house of parliament -- Omirbek Baygeldi.

Our correspondent says Leghari repeated today his promise that his country will try to negotiate the release of 20 Kazakh prisoners-of-war who served with the Soviet forces in Afghanistan and are still held there.

In the course of their talks, Leghari and Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev called for a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan. Nazarbayev has said peace in Afghanistan is of primary significance to the Central Asian countries.

During the visit Leghari and Nazarbayev have also signed a joint statement on prospects for bilateral relations.

Pakistan is trying to boost trade with Kazakhstan and other central Asian countries which gained independence following the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.