Pak-Russia bilateral ties moving in positive trajectory: FM Qureshi

Gov’t effectively highlighted Kashmir issue at int’l forums: FM Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan-Russia relations have been on the positive trajectory.

In a statement, he said the two countries have held mutual consultations on the Afghan issue.

The Minister said Pakistan has been part of Moscow Format and Russian representative attended the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad.

He said Russian Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov also participated in the recently held extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan’s efforts have resulted in drawing the world attention to the situation in Afghanistan; however, further attention is required.

He said the humanitarian situation is further deteriorating in Afghanistan with the severity of cold weather.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the two countries are developing understanding on North-South Gas Pipeline project, which is a significant step for bilateral cooperation in economy and energy.

He said Russian President Putin’s recent statement against Islamophobia vindicates the stance of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue. This indicates that the two countries are moving ahead at regional and global level with identical approaches.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephonic conversation to discuss a range of issues, including Afghanistan, ahead of their likely face-to-face meeting in Beijing next month.

“Pakistan has been part of the Moscow Format and Russian representative attended the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad,” the foreign minister said.

“Russian Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov also participated in the recently held extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.”

The country’s top diplomat added that both countries held mutual consultations on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and that Pakistan’s efforts had resulted in drawing the world attention to the situation in Afghanistan; however, further attention was required.

“The humanitarian situation is further deteriorating in Afghanistan with the severity of cold weather,” he added.

Qureshi further that Pakistan and Russia were developing an understanding on the North-South Gas Pipeline project, which was a significant step for bilateral cooperation in economy and energy.

Furthermore, the foreign minister stated that Russian President Putin’s recent statement against Islamophobia vindicates the stance of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue.

“This indicates that the two countries are moving ahead at regional and global levels with identical approaches,” he said.

Monday’s phone call was the second telephonic conversation between the two leaders in four months.

In September last year, the two leaders had exchanged views by telephone after the Afghan Taliban took control of Kabul in August in the wake of the chaotic exit of the US-led foreign forces from Afghanistan.

Moscow and Islamabad share a common view on Afghanistan as they have long buried the Cold War rivalry and now have been making efforts to deepen their cooperation. Both the countries favour continued engagement with the interim Taliban government while at the same time asking the US to lift economic sanctions against the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the government has effectively highlighted the Kashmir issue at the United Nations and all other international forums.

He was chairing a meeting of researchers of Institute of Strategic Studies and Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad, to discuss regional connectivity, world affairs in backdrop of COVID 19 and the challenges at diplomatic front.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan, through a dossier based on irrefutable evidence, drew the international community’s attention towards ongoing Indian atrocities and massive human rights violations in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said think tanks have a very important role in reorganizing the foreign affairs on modern lines in the changing regional and international scenario.

He emphasized on bringing forth international standard of research while keeping in view the challenges on diplomatic front.

 

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