Qureshi invites Russian Foreign Minister to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Moscow.

The two sides discussed matters of mutual interest, including the COVID-19 situation, prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation, regional issues and multilateral cooperation.

They also exchanged views on further strengthening trade and economic cooperation including in the field of energy. Foreign Minister Lavrov welcomed Pakistan’s participation in the forthcoming Kavkaz military exercise scheduled to be held in Russia later this month.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that Pakistan considered Russia an important partner and aimed to forge a long-term and multi-dimensional partnership.

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They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan in the context of the recent positive developments. Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s positive contribution to the efforts for Afghan peace and reconciliation process and reaffirmed support for the peace process.

Foreign Minister Qureshi shared deep concerns over the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir and Indian attempts to change the demographic structure of the territory. He underlined the urgent necessity for addressing the grave situation in the region.

Qureshi invited Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit Pakistan which he gladly accepted. They agreed to remain in close contact and pursue enhanced cooperation in all spheres of common interest.

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