Pakistan Rapidly Growing Ties With Russia
September 17, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Dushanbe, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties. Recalling previous interactions with Lavrov during the latter’s visit to Pakistan in April 2021, the two leaders exchanged views on the full range of bilateral relations, according to a Foreign Office statement issued on Thursday.
Regional and global issues were also brought up for discussion. According to FM Qureshi, relations with Russia are one of Pakistan’s top foreign policy priorities. According to the official statement, Pakistan is committed to expanding its cooperation with Russia in trade, investment, energy, defence, and people-to-people exchanges, as well as collaboration at multilateral and regional firm such as the SCO.
He emphasized the significance of Afghan peace and stability for regional security and prosperity. He emphasized the urgent need to promote humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in order to address the country’s food and medicine shortages. Qureshi emphasized the importance of the international community remaining engaged in Afghanistan.
He went on to say that the cornerstones of engagement with Russia are stronger trade and investment relations, as well as cooperation in the energy sector. In this context, Pakistan looked forward to the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment meeting later this year in Russia. The foreign minister also confirmed the government’s commitment to completing the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project as soon as possible. Qureshi thanked FM Lavrov for increasing scholarships for Pakistani students at Russian academic institutions.
Pakistan and Russia have close, friendly relations characterized by mutual trust and understanding. According to the communiqué, relations between Islamabad and Moscow have been on an upward trajectory, propelled by converging views on important regional and international issues, growing trust, and increased bilateral cooperation manifested by recent high-level interactions. The two foreign ministers agreed to keep in touch.