On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister (PM) House Islamabad.
Prime Minister Imran Khan made sure that Pakistan’s resolve to rapidly cease the essential legal procedure for the “Pakistan Stream” (North-South) Gas Pipeline project and start the work on the project as early as possible.
Imran Khan tenderly recollected his talks with President Vladimir Putin during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Bishkek in June 2019, where he had established his wish to take the bilateral ties to a new level.
During the meeting, issues related to Pakistan-Russia bilateral ties and issues of regional and international importance were discussed. The pm Imran Khan repeated his invitation to President Putin to visit Pakistan at his earliest satisfaction.
PM Imran Khan showed contentment at the firm growth in bilateral relations, including strengthening collaboration in trade, energy, security, and defense. Increased bilateral relations in the sector of energy, industrial modernization, railways, and aviation were discussed. Views were also exchanged on the health and economic challenges determined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Imran Khan paid his regards to Russia on its development of Sputnik-V Vaccine and emphasized Pakistan’s obtaining plans in that matter.
The prime minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on issues of peace and security in South Asia, including the need for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
“Russian foreign minister has made sure that President Putin will visit Pakistan once the Covid-19 situation gets better,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Russia offers Pakistan military support to counter-terrorism
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who came to Islamabad on a 2-days visit, said Moscow is ready to proceed with military support, including supply of security equipment, to Pakistan to intensify and boost its counter-terrorism ability.
Addressing a joint news presser along with FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi, he said Russia and Pakistan have agreed to have more military exercises and drills.
Lavrov expressed his delight over an increase in the amplification of bilateral trade and focused that there is a need to further alter it.