Samarkand, 14 April 2023 (TDI): Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State of Pakistan, met with the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the fourth summit of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries in Uzbekistan.

The two sides studied the entire spectrum of bilateral, regional, and global issues. They stressed the necessity of high-level exchanges to foster stronger bilateral cooperation in commerce and investment, culture, energy, and food security for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Both ministers agreed that bilateral exchange is critical to strengthening the two countries’ connection. Furthermore, they evaluated progress on numerous economic projects under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

They examined the potential of SCO’s initiatives to promote economic development and cooperation among member nations and how they can significantly benefit Pakistan and Russia. 

Minister Khar and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed on the significance of more vital international collaboration in combating traditional threats like terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking of regional and global issues.

Both countries examined various subjects, including the situation in Afghanistan. They stressed the significance of continuing close consultation to support the shared goal of a peaceful, stable, sovereign, and prosperous Afghanistan.

Both diplomats emphasized their commitment to maintaining regular engagement and improving Pakistan-Russia relations. They agreed to hold frequent consultations on various subjects of mutual interest and to seek new channels of cooperation.

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Russia- Pakistan Bilateral Ties

Pakistan and Russia have long had a diplomatic partnership based on mutual respect and a shared interest in regional security and stability. The two ministers’ meeting emphasizes Pakistan’s growing role in regional politics, particularly Afghanistan.

One significant area of cooperation between these two nations is in defense. The two nations conduct joint military exercises and signed defense agreements. In addition, both countries have worked together to combat terrorism in the region.

Economic ties between Russia and Pakistan have also been growing. In 2021, the two countries signed an MoU on developing the North-South gas pipeline project to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia to Pakistan.

In addition, the two countries are researching growing trade and investment, particularly in energy, agriculture, and infrastructure.