Ties with Russia key precedence for Pakistan, says overseas minister

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) assembly in Dushanbe and reiterated dedication to additional improve the bilateral ties.

Recalling earlier interplay with Lavrov throughout the latter’s go to to Pakistan in April 2021, the 2 leaders exchanged views on the whole gamut of bilateral relations, an announcement issued by the Foreign Office mentioned on Thursday.

Matters referring to the regional and international points had been additionally the topic of dialogue.

FM Qureshi acknowledged that relations with Russia are one of many key priorities of Pakistan’s overseas coverage. Pakistan is dedicated to furthering cooperation with Russia in commerce, funding, power, defence and people-to-people exchanges in addition to collaboration at multilateral and regional fora together with the SCO, the official assertion quoted Qureshi as saying.

He underscored the significance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for the regional safety and prosperity. He emphasised the pressing want for the promotion of humanitarian help to Afghanistan in an effort to deal with meals and medication scarcity within the nation.

Qureshi underlined the necessity for the worldwide group to stay engaged in Afghanistan.

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He added that strengthening commerce and funding relations and cooperation within the power sector are the cornerstones of engagement with Russia.

In this context, Pakistan seemed ahead to holding of Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment in Russia later this yr. The overseas minister additionally reaffirmed the federal government’s resolve for early realisation of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

Qureshi thanked FM Lavrov for enhancing scholarships for Pakistani college students in educational establishments in Russia.

Pakistan and Russia get pleasure from shut, pleasant ties marked by mutual belief and understanding.

Relations between Islamabad and Moscow have been on an upward trajectory propelled by converging views on essential regional and worldwide points, rising belief and rising bilateral cooperation manifested by current high-level interactions, in line with the communiqué.

The two overseas ministers agreed to stay in shut contact.

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