ISLAMABAD - The foreign minister said both Pakistan and Russia have been making efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan supports the "role played by Russia in developing a regional approach to Afghanistan" and its "commendable" efforts for eliminating IS.
"We remain committed to fighting the menace of terrorism in cooperation with the international community including Russia despite our heavy human and material losses," he said, noting that Pakistan has lost more than 70,000 people in the anti-terrorism fight.
Asif said Pakistan as a matter of principle opposes the imposition of unilateral sanctions against any country including the Russian Federation "especially when these are politically motivated".
According to a Foreign Office (FO) press release, Asif and his Russian counterpart during their consultations expressed satisfaction at the increasing bilateral cooperation between the two countries and agreed to further intensify efforts to deepen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the two foreign ministers agreed that there was no military solution to the conflict in that country.
They agreed to closely coordinate in all Afghanistan-related processes for a regional solution of the Afghan conflict.
The Russian diplomat also "deeply appreciated Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism", the FO statement said.