Prime Minister Imran Khan, on a two-day trip to Moscow, set off to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry.
Sharing the update on Twitter, Chaudhry said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Valentinovich Novak will call Prime Minister Imran and his accompanying delegation to the hotel where they are staying after the summit between the two leaders.
Earlier today (Thursday) Prime Minister Imran placed a flower wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow to commemorate the victims of World War II.
Meanwhile, Chaudhry refutes the “guess” that the prime minister’s visit was suspended amid Ukrainian-Russian tensions.
The intelligence minister said on Twitter that the Prime Minister’s “visit is ongoing and the Prime Minister will return to Pakistan tonight as scheduled”.
As Chaudhry explains, AP communication The prime minister claims he is ending his trip to Moscow.
Prime Minister Imran arrived in Moscow on a two-day official visit yesterday, and as soon as he arrived, he greeted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. He was also awarded the honorary bodyguard.
The Prime Minister is due to hold a major meeting with Russian President Vladimir today.
According to Serb news Correspondent Adil Shahzeb, who is currently in Moscow, said that the Prime Minister had an ‘important meeting’ with President Putin at 3 pm (Pakistan time) and extended the meeting time by 3 hours from the original schedule.
However, he said, citing some diplomatic sources, that the prime minister’s schedule could change at any time.
radio pakistan Prime Minister Imran said during his meeting with Putin that he would exchange views on international and regional issues. The two leaders are also expected to discuss bilateral relations, particularly cooperation in the energy sector. Issues of Islamophobia and the situation in Afghanistan can also be discussed.
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.
“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.