Pakistan occupies significant place in Russia’s foreign policy: Russian CG

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KARACHI: Pakistan and Russian relations had strengthened in last three to four years and the two countries were making efforts to find ways in bringing peace in the region, claimed Russian Consul General in Karachi Dr. Aleksandr Khozin.
Addressing a press briefing in Karachi, Dr Khozin said Pakistan occupied a significant place in Russia’s foreign policy priorities and is considered as an important business partner in various fields including energy and metallurgy.
It is highlighted Pakistan’s desire to forge a long term and multidimensional partnership with the Russian Federation, he said.
Khozin said in a meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA session in New York on Friday, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed mutual efforts for strengthening of Pakistan-Russia relations and the prevailing international and regional security situation.
Khawaja Asif had expressed Pakistan’s desire for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia in diverse fields, emphasising the need for promoting trade and economic cooperation, Dr Khozin said.
Lavrov suggested that the forthcoming Intergovernmental Commission should explore concrete measures for enhancing trade, investment and energy connectivity between Russia and Pakistan.
The two leaders also had in-depth discussion on the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Lavrov extended invitation to Khawaja Asif to visit Moscow for bilateral consultations on strengthening bilateral relations and exchanging views about the international and regional issues, he said.

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