PM Kakar, President Putin Vow to Boost Pakistan-Russia Ties

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade, investment, energy, connectivity and counterterrorism.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the steady expansion of Pakistan-Russia relations and stressed the need for further strengthening the ties in diverse areas of mutual interest. They also exchanged views on regional and global developments, especially the evolving situation in the Middle East.

President Putin received PM Kakar before they held a meeting that covered bilateral, regional and international affairs. They also discussed the prospects of enhancing Eurasian connectivity and Pakistan’s pivotal role in regional integration through rail, road and energy corridors.

PM Kakar emphasized the need for enhanced regional integration for the economic development of the entire region and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further expanding and strengthening bilateral cooperation with Russia in the areas of trade and investment, energy, connectivity and counterterrorism.

He said that Pakistan and Russia had a convergence of interests on the issue of terrorism and called for enhanced cooperation and a common approach among the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan. He said that the neighbouring countries should be the foremost to take the initiative and cooperate in the fields of intelligence, defence and counter-terrorism.

He also informed President Putin about Pakistan’s energy needs and the proposals made by the Russian team during the Energy Week event in Russia, where Pakistan’s energy minister had a fruitful and constructive engagement. He expressed his hope that the two sides would finalize the agreements on energy cooperation soon.

He also recalled his previous visit to Russia as a senator and said that he was mesmerised by the Russian architecture, particularly representing Christianity and churches. He said that both countries were also close in terms of cultural and ethical values which were not popular beyond that region.

In his remarks, President Putin said that Pakistan and Russia celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. He said that there was huge potential for cooperation between the two countries in various sectors. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating peace and stability in Afghanistan.

PM Kakar is on a two-day visit to China to attend the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, where he will also meet with other world leaders. The Belt and Road Initiative is a mega project launched by China to connect Asia, Europe and Africa through infrastructure development and economic integration. Pakistan is a key partner of China in this initiative, especially through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a flagship project of BRI.

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