SOCHI: Pakistan and Russia agreed on Thursday to forge a long-term, multidimensional partnership duringa bilateral meeting between the two countries' respective prime ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Dmitry Medvedev.
PM Abbasi arrived here in Russia earlier on Thursday to participate in the 16th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) Council of the Heads of Government (CHG) — being held from November 30 to December 1.
Upon his arrival, the premier was warmly received by Deputy Governor of Krasnodar Region, who was accompanied by Qazi M. Khalilullah — the Pakistani Ambassador to Russia — and other high-ranking officials.
PM Abbasi is participating in the CHG meeting on the invitation of his Russian Federation counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement.
PM Abbasi and Medvedev expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations — specifically the progress made at the 5th Meeting of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) held in Moscow from November 28-30, 2017 — and agreed to further deepen cooperation in all fields of mutual interest.
PM Abbasi underscored the immense potential for further cooperation between the two nations in the field of energy and said Pakistan put on priority its relations with the Russian Federation.
The leaders expressed confidence that the discussions held between the delegations of the two sides at the IGC would lead to further deepening of cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, education, science and technology, industry, and transport.
Both leaders exchanged views on the regional situation. They agreed on the need to continue efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
The two prime ministers underlined the importance of cooperating closely for promoting peace and stability in the region.
The prime minister informed his Russian counterpart about the prevailing situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) and Pakistan’s efforts to resolve all outstanding issues with India peacefully and through dialogue.
They expressed satisfaction at the deepening of cooperation in the field of defence.
PM Abbasi extended a cordial invitation to Prime Minister of Russia to pay an official visit to Pakistan at his earliest convenience, which was accepted. He also conveyed greetings from the people of Pakistan.