Pakistani Prime Minister on Saturday talked over the phone with Kazakh President on bilateral ties, according to the prime minister's office.

Iran PressAsia: During the phone conversation, Sharif noted that Pakistan deeply valued its bilateral relations with Kazakhstan, saying the countries need to further enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest, the office said in a statement.

Highlighting the importance of boosting tourism and enhancing people-to-people exchanges, the Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed satisfaction that flight operations between the two countries are set to commence soon to promote tourism between the two countries, the statement said.

For his part, the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that Pakistan is an important country in the region and expressed his country's desire to further strengthen their long-standing bilateral ties.