During a two-day visit to Moscow, Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, during which he reaffirmed the importance of the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline as a flagship economic project between the two countries. said office.
The Kremlin made a brief statement. saying He said the two leaders discussed the main aspects of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on current regional issues, including developments in South Asia.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that the two leaders held wide-ranging consultations on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
“Recalling the phone conversations between the two leaders in recent months, the prime minister expressed his confidence that the positive course of bilateral relations will continue to progress in the future,” the statement released late on Thursday said. it was said.
Prime Minister Imran expressed his hope that the trust and sincerity pointing to the relationship will turn into a further deepening and expansion of mutual cooperation in various fields.
He also reaffirmed the importance of the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline as a flagship economic project between the two countries, and also discussed cooperation in forward-looking energy-related projects.
“The Prime Minister underlined Pakistan’s commitment. [forging] “It’s a long-term, multidimensional relationship with Russia,” he said.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran also underlined the need to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and to prevent a potential economic collapse in the war-torn country.
“The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan will continue to work with the international community for a stable, peaceful and connected Afghanistan. In this regard, he underlined the ongoing cooperation and coordination between Pakistan and Russia at various international and regional forums, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”
Concerning South Asia, the prime minister highlighted India’s human rights violations in Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and underlined the need to resolve the issue peacefully.
In the statement, “The Prime Minister also drew attention to the developments that harm regional peace and stability and emphasized that measures should be taken to help maintain the regional balance.”
According to the PMO, Prime Minister Imran was “saddened” by the recent situation between Russia and Ukraine and said Pakistan hoped “diplomacy can prevent a military conflict”.
“The Prime Minister stressed that conflict is not in anyone’s interest and that developing countries suffer most economically in a conflict. He underlined Pakistan’s belief that conflicts should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.”
The Prime Minister also expressed his concerns about the rising extremism and Islamophobia in the country and emphasized the need for interfaith harmony and coexistence.
“Prime Minister Putin said that Muslims are Hz. PMYO.
After the meeting with Putin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak and Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov together with a delegation summoned the prime minister.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran, II.
‘Prime Minister will return to Pakistan on schedule’
Prior to the meeting between Prime Minister Imran and Putin, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who was part of the Pakistani delegation in Moscow, confirmed that the prime minister is on his way to meet with President Putin, denying “speculation” that the prime minister’s visit to Ukraine was cut short. -Russia tension.
The information minister also said that the prime minister “is continuing his visit and will return to Pakistan tonight on schedule”.
Chaudhry’s statement followed a report. Associated press claimed that the prime minister had ended his trip to Moscow.
According to this Dawn News Reporter Adil Shahzeb, currently in Moscow, said the Prime Minister’s “important meeting” with Putin has been extended to three hours, previously scheduled for one hour.
Prime Minister Imran reached He arrived in Moscow yesterday for a two-day official visit and was met there by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. He was also presented with a guard of honor.
Quraysh met with Lavrov
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow, as both leaders reaffirmed their determination to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
Qureshi said Pakistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with Russia. He said that relations between Pakistan and Russia are getting stronger.
“Pakistan is following economic priorities and promoting regional ties in light of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision,” Qureshi told his Russian counterpart.
Lavrov congratulated the leadership of Quraysh and Pakistan on the success of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan held in Islamabad He expressed his best wishes for the OIC Foreign Ministers Council meeting to be held in Islamabad in December last year and also next month.
The last Pakistani prime minister to visit Russia was Nawaz Sharif in March 1999, while former president Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Moscow in 2011.
Visit of Prime Minister Imran viewed While the Pakistani government is calling it the beginning of a larger relationship in strategic, energy and regional connectivity, it is highly anticipated by many inside and outside Pakistan.
The timing of the visit has been discussed in tatters, but senior Pakistani government officials describe it as one of the rarest opportunities for the energy-starved country to make progress on energy, regional connectivity and its role in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal.
National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf, however, dismissed ideas about the timing of the visit. Yes, there is a global tension, but our visit is of a dual nature and a similar path was followed in the visit to China, where the economy, economic indicators and connectivity were at the center of the tour.