Energy cooperation in focus during PM Imran’s meeting with Russian President Putin – World

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is visiting Moscow on a two-day trip, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to reaffirm the importance of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline as a representative economic project between the two countries. said the office.

The Kremlin issued a brief statement. Proverb The two leaders said they discussed key aspects of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on current regional topics, including development in South Asia.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a handout that the two leaders had extensive consultations on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“Recalling the phone conversations between the two leaders in recent months, the prime minister is confident that the positive trajectory of bilateral relations will continue in the future,” the prime minister said in a handout issued late Thursday.

Prime Minister Imran said that he hopes that mutual cooperation in various fields will be further deepened and expanded based on the trust and sincerity that builds relationships.

He also reaffirmed the importance of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline as a representative economic project between the two countries and discussed cooperation on future energy-related projects.

“The prime minister underscored Pakistan’s commitments. [forging] The PMO said it was “a long-term, multi-dimensional relationship with Russia”.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Imran also highlighted the need to address Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis and prevent a potential economic collapse in the war-torn country.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan will continue to work with the international community for a stable, peaceful and connected Afghanistan. In this regard, he emphasized continued cooperation and coordination between Pakistan and Russia in various international and regional forums, including Shanghai cooperation. group.”

In relation to South Asia, the Prime Minister stressed the human rights violations of the illegally occupied Kashmir (IIOJK) in India and stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the problem.

“The Prime Minister also emphasized developments detrimental to the peace and stability of the region and the need for measures to help maintain regional balance,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Imran “is sorry” for the recent situation between Russia and Ukraine, according to the PMO, and Pakistan “was hoping that diplomacy would avoid a military clash”.

“The Prime Minister stressed that conflict is nobody’s interest and that when a conflict arises, developing countries are always the hardest hit economically. He emphasized Pakistan’s belief that conflicts should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.”

The Prime Minister also expressed concerns about the growing extremism and Islamophobia in the country and stressed the need for interreligious harmony and coexistence.

“I appreciate President Putin’s understanding of the respect and sensitivity that Muslims bestow upon the Prophet,” Putin said. PMO said.

After the meeting with Putin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak and Energy Minister Nikolai Shulzinov called the Prime Minister together with a delegation.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran placed a flower wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow to commemorate the victims of World War II.

‘PM will return to Pakistan on schedule’

Prior to the meeting between Prime Minister Imran and Putin, Pakistani intelligence minister Fawad Chaudhry, with the Pakistani delegation in Moscow, confirmed that the prime minister was on his way to meet Putin. – Russian tension.

The intelligence minister also said the prime minister’s “visit is ongoing and he will return to Pakistan tonight according to schedule.”

As Chaudhry explains, AP communication The prime minister claims he is ending his trip to Moscow.

According to Serb news Correspondent Adil Shazeb, who is now in Moscow, has extended his “important meeting” with Putin by three hours, which was originally scheduled for one hour.

Prime Minister Imran arrived in Moscow on an official two-day visit yesterday, and as soon as he arrived, he greeted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. He was also awarded an honorary bodyguard.

Kureshi meets Lavrov

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoud Kureshi met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow to reaffirm his commitment to further solidifying relations between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Qureshi said Pakistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with Russia. He said relations between Pakistan and Russia are gradually strengthening.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoud Kureshi and other officials hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister in Moscow on Thursday. — Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“Pakistan pursues economic priorities and promotes regional ties in the light of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision,” Qureshi told Russian counterparts.

Minister Lavrov congratulated Prime Minister Kureshi and Pakistani leadership for the success of the OIC Afghan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Islamabad in December last year, and made a suggestion to the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Islamabad next month.

The last Pakistani Prime Minister to visit Russia was Nawaz Sharif in March 1999, and former President Asif Ali Zardari visited Moscow in 2011.

Although the Pakistani government regards this as a prelude to a larger relationship in terms of strategic, energy and regional connectivity, Prime Minister Imran’s visit is highly anticipated by many, both inside and outside Pakistan.

The timing of the visit has been relentlessly discussed, but senior Pakistani government officials say it is one of the rarest opportunities for an energy-poor country to make progress in energy, regional connectivity and role in Afghanistan since the US withdrawal.

However, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf rejected the concept of when to visit. “Despite global tensions, our visit is bilateral and we have followed a similar route with our visit to China, where economic, economic indicators and connectivity are at the heart of that journey,” he said.