Pakistani, Russian FMs reaffirm readiness to expand bilateral ties

MOSCOW – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during his historic visit to Moscow.

A report by the state-owned television channel said the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations. Qureshi and Lavrov exchanged views on regional and global issues, including bilateral relations, enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Speaking on the occasion, FM Qureshi said that Islamabad attaches particular importance to bilateral relations with Moscow.

Relations between the two sides have gradually strengthened, he mentioned while adding that Islamabad is continuing the program of promoting economic priorities and regional ties under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Russian Foreign Minister congratulated Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the Pakistani leadership for the successful conduct of the OIC Extraordinary Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan and also expressed his best wishes regarding the upcoming meeting of the Council of Ministers of OIC Foreign Affairs in Islamabad next month.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin as scheduled today despite the ongoing crisis on the Ukraine-Russia border.

It is the first such trip by the Pakistani Prime Minister in more than 2 decades which aims to push for the construction of a long-delayed multi-billion dollar gas pipeline in collaboration with Russian companies. Two leaders are also expected to discuss issues relating to economic cooperation.

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