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Bilawal, Russian counterpart discuss bilateral cooperation in diverse areas

Bilawal, Russian counterpart discuss bilateral cooperation in diverse areas
July 26, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia on Wednesday.

The two ministers had a useful exchange on bilateral matters and growing cooperation in diverse areas. Bilawal also renewed the invitation to Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit Pakistan.

The two ministers also discussed the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI). Recognizing the importance of this initiative and its potential impact on disruption of global food supply chains causing food inflation and food-security-related challenges, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari underscored the need for concerted efforts to find viable solutions that would in particular benefit developing countries already under economic strain.

He expressed the hope that all parties involved in the BSGI would engage in constructive dialogue to revive the Initiative. In this regard, the foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s support for international efforts for restoring the deal by addressing the concerns of all sides.

He informed his Russian counterpart on his discussions on BSGI with the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Turkiye, the US Secretary of State and the EU High Representative. Foreign Minister Lavrov shared Russia’s perspective on the issue. The two foreign ministers agreed to remain in close contact on the matter.