Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to arrive in Pakistan today

Published: 12:10 AM, 6 Apr, 2021
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov to arrive in Pakistan today
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov will pay an important visit to Pakistan on April 6, the Foreign Office confirmed on Monday.

A statement issued by Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would meet with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and hold delegation-level talks.

The statement said that FM Sergey Lavrov will also hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior officials. His visit is part of efforts for promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia.

On April 1, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet that both foreign ministers will discuss bilateral ties including economic cooperation and counter terrorism during the visit.

In February, Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, had called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and exchanged views on developments especially with regard to the Afghan peace process.

FM Qureshi had welcomed Ambassador Zamir Kabulov and conveyed best wishes for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The foreign minister noted that both Pakistan and Russia have convergence of views on matters of mutual interest including an inclusive political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Qureshi underlined that Pakistan had consistently supported the Afghan peace process. He highlighted Pakistan’s facilitation of the US-Taliban Peace Agreement and subsequent commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations.

FM Qureshi also expressed the hope that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations would lead to its desired objective of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.