PM Imran meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

PM Imran meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

Moscow (Web Desk/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held a one-on-one meeting in Moscow with a wide-ranging agenda in focus relating to bilateral matters and regional developments.

The two leaders reviewed the entire array of bilateral relations including economic and energy cooperation, particularly the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline.

Regional situation including the developing scenario of Ukraine also came under discussion during the meeting.

On his arrival at Kremlin, the executive headquarters of the Russian Federation, PM Imran Khan was warmly received by President Putin.

Earlier in the day, PM Imran Khan laid a floral wreath at ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’, a war memorial dedicated to the Soviet troops fallen during World War II.

The premier visited the memorial at the Kremlin Wall and paid his respects to the soldiers.

The national anthems of Pakistan and Russia were played on the occasion as the prime minister observed a moment of silence in respect for the fallen troops.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrived in Moscow on Wednesday on a two-day official visit, where he was received at the airport by Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and presented with a guard of honour.

According to a statement by the Foreign Office (FO), Important leadership of Russia, including deputy prime minister, investors, and businessmen will also meet PM Imran Khan.

Pakistan and Russia enjoy friendly relations marked by mutual respect, trust and convergence of views on a range of international and regional issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit will strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia.

Federal Ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Asad Umar, and Hammad Azhar as well as Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood and National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf and MNA Amir Mahmood Kiani are accompanying the prime minister during the visit.

This is the first bilateral visit by a Pakistani prime minister to Russia after a gap of 23 years and is being termed as a historic step to renew relations between the two countries.

The last Pakistani premier to visit Russia was Nawaz Sharif in March 1999, while former president Asif Ali Zardari came to Moscow in 2011.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held meeting in Moscow.

They discussed important regional and global issues, including bilateral relations, enhancing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

In his remarks on the occasion, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with Russia. He said relations between Pakistan and Russia have gradually strengthened.

He said that Pakistan is pursuing the agenda of promoting economic priorities and regional ties under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov congratulated Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pakistani leadership on the successful conduct of extraordinary Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan and also expressed best wishes regarding upcoming meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad next month.