Pakistan and Russia discuss economic, trade and defense cooperation
Pakistani and Russian foreign ministers agreed to expand economic, trade and defense ties between the two countries.
“Building multi-dimensional relations with Russia is a key priority for Pakistan and we believe a strong relationship contributes to regional stability and global security,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement after meeting with his Russian counterpart.
Qureshi said the two countries discussed progress in sectors of defense particularly the counter-terrorism domain, energy cooperation such as the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.
Pakistan and Russia also agreed to hold the next meeting of the intergovernmental commission in Moscow to promote economic cooperation.
Bilateral trade between the two countries reached $790 million, an increase of 46 percent, but both officials agreed to further expand trade ties for mutual benefit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is on a two-day visit – the first by a Russian foreign minister in a decade. He will also hold meetings with the country’s top political and military leadership, including Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.