Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Pakistan is an important partner for Russia in South Asia.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, including trade and economic cooperation, and also current international issues during the meeting. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir were also present at the meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan’s accession to the SCO. President of Russia Vladimir Putin said: “I am glad that we met for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit”.

He said Russian-Pakistani relations have been constructive and mutually beneficial. President Putin said: “our relations are developing in many areas, and our trade has increased, even if only by a few percentage points. Of course, we are able to do much more than we are doing now.”

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked President Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Federation for supporting Pakistan’s full membership in the SCO.

PM Nawaz Sharif said: “while in Ufa we did agree on improving Pakistan-Russian bilateral trade, there is improvement but not the level that we agreed upon. It has been always my endeavour to build and strengthen our relationship and I am continuing to strive for that.”

Talking to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Astana, The Prime Minister said that Pakistan remains committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Nawaz Sharif said that terrorism remains a common threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan and its forces are valiantly fighting the menace of terrorism and Pakistan has rendered immense human and economic sacrifice in the struggle in the recent years.

Nawaz Sharif said close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is important for eliminating the scourge of terrorism from our region.

 The two leaders agreed to use Quadrilateral Coordination Group mechanism as well as bilateral channels to undertake specific actions against terror groups.

 They also agreed to use Quadrilateral Coordination Group to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.


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