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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov calls on Pakistan PM Khan

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Mr. Khan reiterated his invitation to President Putin to go to Pakistan at his earliest comfort.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday referred to as on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who expressed satisfaction on the regular progress in bilateral ties in numerous fields with Moscow.

Mr. Lavrov, the primary Russian overseas minister to go to Pakistan since 2012, mentioned bilateral relations and problems with regional and international significance throughout his assembly with Mr. Khan.

Prime Minister Khan reiterated the significance Pakistan attaches to its relations with Russia as “a key foreign policy priority” and expressed satisfaction on the regular progress in bilateral ties, together with deepening cooperation in commerce, power, safety and defence, in keeping with the Prime Minister’s Office right here.

Mr. Khan recalled his interplay with President Vladimir Putin throughout the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek in June 2019, the place he had underscored his want to take the bilateral relationship to a brand new degree. He reiterated his invitation to President Putin to go to Pakistan at his earliest comfort.

He harassed the significance of a negotiated political settlement of the battle in Afghanistan. “Pakistan appreciated Russia’s efforts in promoting the Afghan peace process including through the hosting of the recent meeting of Extended Troika in Moscow,” Mr. Khan stated.

Mr. Khan additionally reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to expeditiously conclude the requisite authorized course of for the “Pakistan Stream” (North-South) Gas Pipeline venture and begin the work as early as attainable.

Enhanced bilateral cooperation within the fields of power, industrial modernisation, railways and aviation was additionally mentioned. It was agreed that the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC), as a consequence of meet in Moscow later this yr, would intently pursue particular proposals and tasks on this context.

Mr. Khan additionally exchanged views on the well being and financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He congratulated Russia on its improvement of Sputnik-V vaccine and underscored Pakistan’s procurement plans.

With reference to the state of affairs in Kashmir, Prime Minister Khan shared Pakistan’s perspective on problems with peace and safety in South Asia, together with the necessity for peaceable decision of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, his workplace stated.

Views had been additionally exchanged on conditions in West Asia, the Gulf, and the Asia-Pacific area, it added.

The relations between Pakistan and Russia have come a good distance from the Cold War hostility to present degree cooperation and there’s hope to additional develop it in coming years.

Mr. Lavrov arrived right here from India on Tuesday on a two-day official go to with the target to deepen cooperation in numerous fields.

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