Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Danila V. Ganich called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Thursday, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security, enhanced bilateral and defence cooperation, and the Afghan peace process were discussed. The army chief said that peace in Afghanistan is a common goal. 

He said that Pakistan values its relations with Russia and hoped for furthering military to military relations between the two countries. The COAS appreciated the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, to Pakistan and hoped for further diplomatic engagements at a higher level.

The Russian ambassador appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for bringing peace and stability to the region, especially through the Afghan peace process.

Earlier, in a telephonic conversation with the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Bajwa said the credit for the national polio campaign goes to the grassroots’ workers, especially the mobile polio teams, law enforcement agencies, and health representatives.

He said it is a national cause and national effort.

The army chief said Pakistan will only call it a success when no child is affected by polio anymore in Pakistan. Bill Gates conveyed his “special appreciation” for Pakistan Army for supporting the national anti-polio drive.


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