PM Imran to visit Moscow in September

Investors, foreign tourists facilitation govt’s top priority: PM

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ISLAMABAD
Russian President Vladmir Putin has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Russia in September. Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted the Russian president’s invitation, which was extended last month in a conversation between the two leaders on the sidelines of the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Bishkek.
The Russian president invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend as a special guest the Eastern Economic Forum, which is scheduled to be held from Sept 4 to 6 in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the Eastern Economic Forum. The Pakistani prime minister and the Russian president held several informal discussions as they attended the SCO summit last month.
The two world leaders engaged in conversation on several occasions. Observers said that, of the world leaders present at the SCO meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan interacted with President Putin the most. Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Putin were also seen sitting next to each other during lunch as they remained engaged in conversation. The two were also seen standing next to each other during photo sessions.
In an interview to Russian news agency Sputnik in June following the SCO summit, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government has been mulling the purchase of arms from Moscow, given the fact that the Cold War was long over. Asked about military cooperation between Pakistan and Russia and joint drills later this year, he said they had developed cooperation with Russia between their defence forces and hoped to deepen their contacts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan says facilitating overseas Pakistanis, investors and foreign tourists on airports, is the top priority of the government. Chairing a high-level meeting to ensure better arrangements on country’s airports in Islamabad, he emphasized on provision of facilities of international standard on country’s airports and making the immigration and custom procedure easy to maximum level. The Prime Minister directed Secretary Aviation to complete separation of regulations and management of airports under the new aviation policy at the earliest.
He said foreign companies showing interest to offer best management of airports and in provision of services worth international standard will be welcomed. The Prime Minister was informed about progress pertaining to Pakistan International Airlines. He was also given a detailed briefing on future strategy to provide best facilities to the passengers on Pakistani airports and to improve arrangements there. Prime Minister Imran Khan has formally inaugurated Road to Makkah project at the Islamabad International Airport.
Under the project, the customs clearance and immigration of Pakistani pilgrims will be completed at Pakistani airports before their departure for Hajj in order to save them from a long wait at Saudi airports. During the recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan had requested him to include Pakistan in the Road to Makkah project. The pilot project of the Road to Makkah programme has been started from the Islamabad airport this year and will be extended to other airports of the country in subsequent years.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan along with his family has departed on a two day retreat to the mountain resort of Nathia Gali. The Prime Minister also visited the government guest house situated in Nathia Gali as well.

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