Pakistan-Russia talks mark the beginning of ‘a new era’: Qureshi


Islamabad – Staff Reporter:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reaffirmed Moscow’s commitment to promoting bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields, including economy, trade, and defence.

The Russian official expressed the resolve during delegation-level talks with Pakistan in Islamabad on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi led the Pakistani side.

FM Qureshi, in his opening remarks, noted that Islamabad is extending facilities, including that of e-visa to foreign investors.

‘Focus on geo-economics rather than geo-politics’

The foreign minister also said that Pakistan has shifted its priorities from geo-politics to geo-economics.

Pakistan is determined to promote its relations with Russia in diverse fields, he said, expressing Pakistan’s commitment for the early commencement of work on the Stream Gas Pipeline project with Russia.

Both sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the intergovernmental commission at the earliest for the promotion of economic relations.

FM Qureshi also briefed his Russian counterpart about the situation in Indian held Kashmir and the regional security situation.

He said Pakistan desires peace in the region and resolution of all outstanding disputes, including that of Jammu and Kashmir, through peaceful means.

Commending Russia’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan, he said Pakistan will continue its sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan.

Corona vaccine

Russia will provide Pakistan additional 150,000 doses of its Sputnik V vaccine, Russian Foreign Minister announce.

“Russia has provided 50,000 doses to Pakistanis so far, adding that additional 150,000 doses will be provided soon,” the Russian minister said.

“We realise that the demand in Pakistan is more and we have to see our production capacity,” he said. The foreign minister said that Russia has already signed production agreements with countries such as India and Belarus. “We want to meet Pakistan’s needs but we are bound by our contractual obligations to other countries.”

Russia is fairly advance in healthcare, Qureshi remarked. The vaccine produced by it has shown good results. “The people here like and are feeling confident about it.”

We have already expressed our interest in the commercial purchase of the vaccine but we would be keen to discuss with Russia the ways to facilitate local production, he added.