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Russian foreign minister to visit Pakistan next week

Qureshi reaffirms strengthening bilateral relations with Russia. Source: FILE/Online

Qureshi reaffirms strengthening bilateral relations with Russia. Source: FILE/Online

ISLAMABAD: Russia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov will visit Pakistan from April 6-7 to hold talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

According to a statement by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a social media platform, both foreign ministers will discuss bilateral ties during the visit including economic cooperation and counter-terrorism.

Ahead of the visit to Pakistan, Sergey Lavrov will visit New Delhi from April 5-6 and hold talks with his counterpart External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

“On April 5-6, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to New Delhi, during which he will hold talks with his counterpart,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova

“The heads of the foreign affairs agencies will discuss the current state of bilateral relations, the preparation of the upcoming high-level meeting this year, including cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, will consider key topics on the regional, global agenda, assess approaches to the interaction between Russia and India on the international arena, including at the UN, BRICS,” Zakharova added.

In February, Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and exchanged views on developments especially with regard to the Afghan peace process.

Foreign Minister Qureshi welcomed Ambassador Zamir Kabulov and conveyed best wishes for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The foreign minister noted that both Pakistan and Russia have convergence of views on matters of mutual interest including an inclusive political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Qureshi underlined that Pakistan had consistently supported the Afghan peace process. He highlighted Pakistan’s facilitation of the US-Taliban Peace Agreement and subsequent commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations.

FM Qureshi also expressed the hope that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations would lead to its desired objective of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.


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