Pakistan, Russia reaffirm to further strengthen bilateral ties

Pakistan is pursuing the agenda of promoting economic priorities and peaceful regional ties

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MOSCOW, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy of Russia Alexander Novak Thursday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here, along with a delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the matters of mutual cooperation in multiple fields.

The prime minister is currently on a two-day official visit to Russia, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian deputy prime minister meets Imran Khan.The Russian deputy PM met the prime minister after the latter had a detailed one-on-one meeting with President Putin.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Commerce Adviser Abdur Razzak Dawood and National Security Adviser Mooed Yusuf accompanied the prime minister in the meeting.

This is the first bilateral visit by a Pakistani prime minister to Russia after a gap of 23 years and is being termed as a historic step to renew relations between the two countries.

During the visit, the prime minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including federal ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Asad Umar and Hammad Azhar, Commerce Advisor Abdur Razzak Dawood, National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf and Member of the National Assembly Amir Mahmood Kiyani. Meawhile experts, The strengthening of the ties between Russia and Pakistan should have been done earlier but still this visit will embark to seize all available opportunities for cooperation. The global order is in flux and the visit of PM khan to Moscow holds political importance.  Whatsoever are the new realities of the global political order, Pakistan has unequivocally explicated to the world that Islamabad is keen to develop economic relations unconditionally. The peace in Afghanistan is indispensable to the peace in the South Asian region. Moscow and Islamabad are keen to promote peace in Afghanistan as both have convergence of interest when it comes to peace in Kabul. The robust opportunities of economic development by virtue of CPEC are special economic zones and the development of industrial infrastructure. Moscow holds a great expertise in uplifting the energy sector and Pakistan can get maximum benefit from their machinery and resources. Rather than focusing on the Ukraine issue, Pakistan is more interested in thwarting economic growth and development projects with Russia. Pakistan cannot afford to be a part of any bloc anymore which has been clearly communicated by the Premier of Pakistan. Islamabad will avoid indulging again in any ideological war between two blocs that involve religion as a tool of war. Starting in 2010, relations between Pakistan and Russia improved markedly as illustrated by high-level visits, arms sales, and increased cooperation; at the same time, US–Pakistan relations grew strained. This section outlines key events from 2010 onward. For example, in early 2010, Russia organized a four-nation summit in Moscow on Afghanistan that involved Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. This summit was the first sign of Russia’s renewed interest in Afghanistan, and, more significantly for Pakistan, the summit did not include India. Furthermore, this was when US–Pakistan relations were undergoing a tense period over Afghanistan.

This understanding was reached during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow today (Thursday).

They discussed important regional and global issues, including bilateral relations, enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Talking on the occasion, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with Russia. He said relations between Pakistan and Russia have gradually strengthened.

He said that Pakistan is pursuing the agenda of promoting economic priorities and regional ties under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Russian Foreign Minister congratulated Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pakistani leadership on the successful conduct of extraordinary OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan and also expressed best wishes regarding upcoming meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad next month. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II.

The Prime Minister, who is on a two-day official visit to Russia, laid floral wreath at the monument in Moscow.

Members of the Prime Minister’s delegation were also present on the occasion.

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