Russian envoy calls on Imran Khan; felicitates on election victory

Russian envoy calls on Imran Khan; felicitates on election victory

ISLAMABAD: Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedov called on Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan here at Banigala on Thursday and felicitated him over his party’s win in general election.

Senior PTI leaders including Dr Shehzad Waseem, Ali Zaidi, Pervaiz Khattak, Faisal Javed and Zulfi Bukhari were also present in the meeting.

Issues of mutual interest including Pak-Russia relations, bilateral trade, economic cooperation, human rights, terrorism and stability in Afghanistan came under discussion, a press release issued by PTI’s Central Media Department here said. 

Alexey Dedov lauded Pak-Russian cooperation in military joint exercises and thanked aviators of Pakistan Army for successful rescue operation of Russian mountain climber under severe weather conditions. 

The ambassador stated that Moscow wanted to further improve bilateral relations with Islamabad and sought engagement in economic cooperation, human rights, chemical weapons, terrorism and peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Stressing on the need to further cement bilateral ties, Alexey Dedov urged to have direct transaction communication between banks of both the countries without involvement of a third country. 

Chairman PTI Imran Khan thanked the Russian Ambassador and said that Pakistan would like to improve relations with Russia.

Imran Khan said that he wanted Russian drilling oil and gas companies to come to Pakistan. 

Speaking about the importance of stability in Afghanistan, Chairman PTI stated that America had realized that military solution to the looming crisis of Afghanistan was not going to work; hence, there was desire for dialogue. “Now, peace has a chance and Pakistan is ready to help”, he added.