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FM Qureshi holds delegation-level talks with Russian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday held delegation-level talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at the Foreign Office.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, on Tuesday, has arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan.

Lavrov is leading a 13-member delegation that also includes a Russian special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova and several other senior officials.

In series of tweets, FM Qureshi said “Building multi-dimensional relations with Russia is a key priority for Pakistan and we believe a strong relationship contributes to regional stability and global security.”

During the meeting, Foreign minister Qureshi said Islamabad is determined to promoting its relations with Russia in diverse fields and expressed Pakistan’s commitment to the early commencement of work on the Stream Gas Pipeline project with the Russian partnership.

Qureshi also briefed his Russian counterpart about the situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the regional security situation.

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

He said Pakistan desires peace in the region and resolution of all outstanding disputes including Jammu and Kashmir through peaceful means. Pakistan will continue its sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan, he maintained and commended Russian efforts for peace in Afghanistan.

Russian FM also planted a tree on the FO lawn as part of his visit.

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

“We realize 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.

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