Islamabad, 20 June 2023 (TDI): The fifth round of Pakistan-Russia Bilateral Political Consultations was conducted in Islamabad, bringing together high-level officials to discuss and strengthen the relationship between the two nations.

Foreign Secretary Dr. Asad Majeed Khan and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko led their delegations, with the presence of Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, the Special Representative on Afghanistan.

Comprehensive Discussions to Deepen Bilateral Cooperation

During the consultations, both sides engaged in comprehensive discussions aimed at further enhancing bilateral cooperation and deepening their understanding of regional and global issues of mutual interest.

The topics covered a broad range of areas including politics, economics, defense, energy, and people-to-people contacts. These discussions were fruitful, emphasizing the commitment of both countries to strengthen and diversify their bilateral relations based on the principles of mutual understanding, trust, and cooperation.

Expanding Cooperation in Various Fields

Pakistan and Russia expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of their cooperation in the energy sector and expressed their intention to expand cooperation in higher education, culture, and science and technology.

In the realm of security, both delegations reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime, highlighting the importance of joint efforts to maintain peace and security.

Addressing Regional Issues and Supporting Peace in Afghanistan

The two delegations exchanged views on regional issues, focusing on the situations in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and South Asia. Recognizing the significance of peace in Afghanistan for the entire region, they reiterated their support for sustainable peace, stability, and continued humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

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The consultations also served as an opportunity to evaluate the progress of Pakistan-Russia relations and explore new avenues of cooperation, particularly in light of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.

Future Prospects and Next Round of Consultations

The successful outcome of the fifth round of Pakistan-Russia Bilateral Political Consultations sets a positive trajectory for future cooperation between the two nations. Both sides agreed to enhance collaboration in multilateral forums and discussed the possibility of expanding cooperation in various sectors.

The next round of consultations will take place in Moscow on mutually convenient dates, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to foster stronger ties.

The fifth round of Pakistan-Russia Bilateral Political Consultations in Islamabad showcased the determination of both nations to strengthen bilateral cooperation and address key regional issues.

The discussions held during the consultations laid the groundwork for future collaboration in various sectors, reflecting the mutual commitment to deepening understanding and fostering trust between Pakistan and Russia.