Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Moscow was important to further strengthen economic ties and open new windows for investments.

“Pakistan is emerging as an important regional as well as an international player and developing relations with major powers on equality,” he said while talking to state owned radio.

Russia has been a major power in the past and still, it has an important player in international politics, he said.

He said that countries like China and Russia were readily boosting economic cooperation with Pakistan that would not only help in economic development but would also increase the importance of Pakistan internationally.

Moreover, it should be made clear that Pakistan’s relation with one country will not impact her relations with other powers as Islamabad is not pursuing diplomatic campaigning, Ali Muhammad said.

MOEED YUSUF: National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf has said that Pakistan had a strong desire to move forward with the world for promoting peace and development in the region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan would have a discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin for enhancing trade and bilateral relations, he said while talking to a private news channel.

“We have informed the developed states that Pakistan wants a corridor facility from Afghanistan to reach Central Asian states for trade purposes,” he added.

Pakistan had the right to increase business ties with Russia, China, and other nations, he said.

Talks were the only way to address any conflict, he said. Commenting on the prime minister’s visit to Russia, he said PM Imran Khan had already visited China, where he discussed matters related to trade. “We will have similar talks with Russia to boost our energy and other sectors.”

To a question about India, he said, Pakistan would welcome every country to convince India for resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue.

THE VISIT: Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Moscow today (Wednesday) on the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

“The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the cabinet during his two-day visit. The bilateral summit will be the highlight of the visit,” the statement said.

The FO highlighted that the two countries enjoyed friendly relations “marked by mutual respect, trust and convergence of views on a range of international and regional issues”.

“During the summit, the two leaders will review the entire array of bilateral relations, including energy cooperation. They will also have [a] wide-ranging exchange of views on major regional and international issues, including Islamophobia and the situation in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

The visit of the Prime Minister will contribute to further deepening of the multifaceted Pakistan-Russia bilateral relationship and enhancement of mutual cooperation in diverse fields, it added.


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