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Pakistan, Russia agree to enhance parliamentary exchanges

Pakistan, Russia agree to enhance parliamentary exchanges

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan and Russia have agreed to enhance parliamentary exchanges to deepen bilateral cooperation and develop understanding for each other's view.

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office on Thursday, the resolve to this effect was expressed at 4th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Russia held on July 2 in Moscow.

Additional Secretary Zaheer A Janjua and IV Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, led their respective delegations.

The two sides held a comprehensive review of the bilateral relations and identified areas for further cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment, defence, energy, agriculture, education, culture and tourism.

PM, Russian President Putin discuss matters of mutual interest
On June 13, Prime Minister Imran Khan held an informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). They discussed the matters of mutual interest. Both leaders will hold one-on-one meeting on Friday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan gave an interview to the Russian media. He expressed the wish to reduce tension with India and enhance relations with Russia. He said that Pakistan wants to spend money on public welfare instead of weapons. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to attend the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar. The prime minister will address two sessions of the SCO moot. He will have bilateral interaction with presidents of China and Russia in addition to other leaders on the sidelines of the forum. A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders besides signing agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The Leaders of SCO Member and Observer States as well as representatives of important international organizations will attend the meeting. Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms, including Foreign Affairs, Defence, National Security, Economy and Trade, Science and Technology and Innovation, Youth and Women Empowerment, Tourism and Media.