Khurram Dastgir holds bilateral meeting with Russian minister

Khurram Dastgir holds bilateral meeting with Russian minister

ISLAMABAD:Defence Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan held a bilateral meeting with Minister for Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov on Friday in Moscow, on the sidelines of the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security.

They are Co-Chairmen of the Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation.

Ambassador of Pakistan to the Russian Federation Khalilullah Qazi was also present in the meeting, says a fax message received here from Moscow on Friday.

The minister underscored that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Russia. He noted that bilateral relations have improved substantively since 2013 under the shared vision of the highest political leadership of both nations.

He also noted that bilateral trade was growing, and had great potential to rise further.

Denis Manturov observed that IGC provided a good platform for periodic high-level meetings and underlined that further deepening of cooperation between Russia and Pakistan would be helpful in promoting peace and stability in the region.

The two ministers noted the progress made on the execution of decisions taken during the 5th Meeting of Pakistan-Russia IGC held in Moscow in November 2017 and agreed to further enhance cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, defence, science and technology, agriculture, education, health and information technology.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to implementing the Inter-Governmental Agreement on North-South Gas Pipeline Project signed in Islamabad in October 2015.

Denis Manturov assured Khurram Dastgir Khan that a Russian delegation would visit Pakistan in the near future to expedite implementation of the project. APP/AFP