Beijing, 20 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s interim Prime Minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar held a meeting with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin on the sideline of the 3rd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, on October 17.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister and the President of Russia expressed pleasure in the continuous improvement of ties between Pakistan and Russia. They also discussed bilateral cooperation with an emphasis on commerce, investment, and energy.

The potential for improving Eurasian connectivity and Pakistan’s crucial role in regional integration through energy, road, and rail routes were also reviewed.

In addition to underlining the importance of greater regional integration for the overall economic growth of the area, the Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment.

This commitment aims to advance and bolster bilateral cooperation with Russia in the areas of trade and investment, energy, connectivity, and counterterrorism.

The leaders also discussed current events in the Middle East and across the world, particularly how things are changing there. Russia and Pakistan are celebrating their 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties this year.

Meeting with Sri Lankan President

In other news, President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka met Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar at the sideline of BRF on October 17.

The leaders remembered with great affection the warm and friendly ties and great kindness that existed between the people of their two nations.

The two leaders discussed this crucial issue and exchanged notes, at BRF. They acknowledged that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were dealing with somewhat comparable economic difficulties.

The Prime Minister underlined the necessity of cooperating to combat poverty and advance economic growth and development.

He also stated that he wanted to use regional collaboration to advance connectivity and peace. In order to share best practices and experiences in areas like the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the two Presidents decided to stay in touch.

A livable and continuous Palestinian state with boundaries from before 1967 and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital has been demanded by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The two leaders conveyed their profound worry during the discussion over the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza brought on by the continued Israeli airstrikes.

They also pushed for the creation of a humanitarian corridor to deliver supplies to the beleaguered Gazan population.

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During his speech, the President of Sri Lanka expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for expressing the government and the people of Pakistan’s warm feelings.

The leaders decided to maintain their long-standing collaboration in areas of shared interest and to further develop their bilateral ties.