Pakistan, Russia agree to promote bilateral ties to new level

  • PM says peaceful Afghanistan is vital for regional peace


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin wherein both the leaders reaffirmed their desire to take the bilateral relations to the next level by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.

During the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the Shangai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, the two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral relations.

They agreed that there was a healthy growth in the relations between the two sides and that the high-level interactions and cordial political relations had set the stage for translating political goodwill into a substantive economic partnership.

They viewed that current state of relations between Pakistan and Russia was characterised by mutual trust, commonality of interest, better understanding and convergence of views on important issues like regional security, and combating terrorism and drug tracking, and greater economic cooperation.

Both sides were also working closely to further expand cooperation in educational and cultural fields.

They agreed to work on concrete proposals for the next session of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation which will take place in Moscow in December this year.

It was also noted that the Joint Working Group on Energy was an appropriate mechanism to reinforce existing cooperation in energy sector. The strong interest of Russian companies and enterprises in the energy sector of Pakistan was also highlighted.

Russia is already engaged in installation of LPG Air Mix Plants in Pakistan and establishment of a 600MW combined cycle power plant in Jamshoro.

Both leaders agreed to fast-track the implementation of North-South Gas Pipeline, the agreement for which was signed in October 2015 between the two countries.

The two sides also reviewed defence relations during recent years.

The first-ever Pakistan-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘Friendship 2016’ was seen as a manifestation of growing defence and counter- terrorism cooperation which could contribute towards promoting peace and stability in South and Central Asian regions.

The two sides also benefited from the joint counter-narcotics naval exercise ‘Arabian Monsoon’ in the Arabian Sea in October 2014 and December 2015 respectively.

Discussions on regional issues focused on Afghanistan’s and Pakistan’s relations with India.

Prime Minister Sharif reiterated that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan was important for Pakistan’s own, progress and stability.

He said that Pakistan welcomed any peace initiative that could lead to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also highlighted the fact that the simultaneous admission of Pakistan and India into SCO would improve prospects for better relations between the two countries.

PM visits Pak stall in Expo 17

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday morning visited the Pakistan stall at the international specialised exhibition ‘Expo 2017’.

The prime minister took a keen interest in the items displayed in the stall and was briefed about the traditional arts items and the wind and solar technologies gadgets.

The prime minister also visited Belarus stall and was briefed by the high officials.

Advisor to the PM on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir and State Minister for Petroleum Jam Kamal accompanied the prime minister.

Expo 2017, being held from June 10 to September 10, is dedicated to the development of alternative energy sources, green technologies and preservation of ecology system.

It hosts the world best technologies in harnessing renewable resources.

About 115 countries, as well as 22 international organisations, are participating in the exhibition.