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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first go to to Russia from Feb 23


Prime Minister Imran Khan will journey to Russia on Wednesday on a two-day go to – the primary by a Pakistani premier in over 20 years – throughout which he’ll maintain talks with President Vladimir Putin and overview the bilateral ties together with power cooperation apart from exchanging views on main regional and worldwide points.

Prime Minister Khan can pay an official go to to Russia on February 23-24 on the invitation of President Putin, the Foreign Office mentioned in an announcement on Monday. He might be accompanied by a high-level delegation together with members of the Cabinet, it mentioned.

It mentioned that the bilateral summit between President Putin and Prime Minister Khan would be the spotlight of the go to.

“During the Summit meeting, the two leaders will review the entire array of bilateral relations including energy cooperation. They will also have a wide-ranging exchange of views on major regional and international issues, including Islamophobia and the situation in Afghanistan,” the FO mentioned.

Khan’s go to to Russia comes weeks after he visited China the place he attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics and held talks with high Chinese management together with President Xi Jinping regardless of a diplomatic boycott by the US, European Union and several other western nations of the mega occasion. President Putin additionally attended the occasion.

His go to to Moscow, which comes amid heightened Russia-Ukraine tensions, is believed to be a transparent sign to the West, particularly after he mentioned no to Washington on giving navy bases in Pakistan following American withdrawal from Afghanistan and never receiving a cellphone name from US President Joe Biden since he assumed his workplace within the White House.

Pakistan and Russia get pleasure from pleasant relations marked by mutual respect, belief and convergence of views on a spread of worldwide and regional points, the FO mentioned.

The go to of the Prime Minister will contribute to additional deepening of the multifaceted Pakistan-Russia bilateral relationship and enhancement of mutual cooperation in various fields, it added.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Sunday confirmed that preparations for the go to of the Prime Minister Khan had been underway, the state-run TASS information company reported.

Progress can be anticipated on the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline challenge that the Russian firm would undertake in Pakistan laying a pipeline from Karachi to Kasur close to the Indian border. A Russian delegation was in Pakistan just lately to barter toll-free proceedings and tax exemptions in reference to the Pakistan Gas Stream Project.

Khan will turn out to be the primary Pakistani premier to go to Russia in 23 years after former premier Nawaz Sharif travelled to Moscow in 1999.
Though former presidents General Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Russia, none of them was an official journey.

Pakistan’s ties with Russia have moved previous the bitter Cold War hostilities in recent times and the coolness within the relations between Pakistan and the US has additional pushed the nation in the direction of Russia and China.

In April final 12 months, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad after a spot of just about 9 years. During the go to, he conveyed a message to Pakistani management on behalf of President Putin that Moscow was keen to increase all doable assist to Islamabad.
The two nations usually are not simply exploring choices to deepen financial ties, however Russia can be eager to promote arms to Pakistan, one thing it prevented previously due to India’s opposition.

The two nations have already been holding common joint navy workout routines since 2016 in one other signal of deepening ties between Moscow and Islamabad. Besides, the 2 nations additionally share the identical view on key regional and worldwide points together with Afghanistan.


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