The two sides discussed matters of mutual importance and the Afghan peace process during the meetings
Russian Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zamir Kabulov visited Pakistan on a day-long tour where he met a number of high-ranking government officials including the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the chief of army staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. The Russian Envoy discussed matters related to the latest developments in the Afghan peace process with the foreign minister. The two also talked about increasing the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Kabulov discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security situation particularly developments in Afghan Peace Process were discussed with Gen. Bajwa. The COAS said that peace in both countries is in the greater interest of the region. Kabulov appreciated Pakistan‘s positive role in the Afghan Peace Process and expressed hope that Pak-Russia relations will continue to prosper manifolds. Both sides reiterated the commitment to enhance the bilateral relationships.
An ally for the future
Pakistan’s relationship with Russia was badly affected by the Afghan war with Pakistan siding with the Afghans and eventually the Americans to protect its borders from a possible invasion from the former USSR. However, with the war now over for three decades and both sides having an opportunity to benefit from each other in many ways, it is only sensible to bury the old hatchet and look to better relations in the future.