Pakistan, Russia agree to take forward important bilateral agenda and cooperation in regional context

Russia and Pakistan have agreed to talk about and also to take forward the important bilateral agenda and close cooperation in the regional context.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a telephonic conversation with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, said that Pakistan considers Russia an important partner and also desires to forge a long-term and multi-dimensional partnership with Russia.

Qureshi and Sergey discussed matters of mutual interest, including the COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation at the multilateral fora, prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation, and regional issues were discussed.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi offered condolences on the loss of precious lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia.

The Foreign Minister apprised his Russian counterpart of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries.

He said coordinated and comprehensive actions are essential to create fiscal space needed by the developing world to deal with the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey showed support for debt relief initiative and assured to play a positive role.

In context of occupied Kashmir, Shah Mahmood Qureshi shared deep concern over the continuing double lockdown as well as the intensification of military crackdown by Indian occupation forces and attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

He underlined the importance of urgent steps to address the grave situation.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan in the context of the recent positive developments in Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and underlined Pakistan’s positive contribution to the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.

He stressed the importance of inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations as the only way to build durable peace and security in the country. The two Foreign Ministers agreed on maintaining close consultations as part of regional efforts to support and maintain the Afghan peace process.


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