Russian Foreign Minister’s visit to Pakistan on 6-7 April 2021

The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov visited Pakistan on 6-7 April 2021. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the Russian Foreign Minister and the two Foreign Ministers held wide-ranging talks covering bilateral relations and regional and global issues; including expansion of bilateral trade, enhanced cooperation in energy sector and counter-terrorism. The Foreign Minister briefed his Russian counterpart that Pakistan’s priorities relating to peace and stability in Afghanistan centered on an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. He appreciated Russia’s role in the Afghan peace process including through convening of the meeting of Extended Troika in Moscow in March 2021. Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that strengthening of relations with the Russian Federation was an important foreign policy priority for Pakistan and that Pakistan-Russia relations, today, were marked by enhanced mutual trust and understanding.

Foreign Minister Lavrov also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and the COAS. Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized situation in IIOJK and shared Pakistan’s perspective on issues of peace and security in South Asia and Middle East. The Prime Minister reiterated his invitation to President Vladimir Putin to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.