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PM expresses commitment to commence new phase in ties with Russia

PM expresses commitment to commence new phase in ties with Russia
December 11, 2019
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has expressed his commitment to commence a new phase in ties with Russia on Wednesday. He was talking to Russian Federation Minister for Trade and Industry Denis Manturov who called on him. The prime minister expressed the hope that the two sides would further enhance cooperation in the fields of energy, oil and gas, mineral sector, metallurgy, railways, aviation, IT, agriculture and education.
Business climate, Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan
He highlighted the improved macro-economic stability and business climate and Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan and noted that there were vast opportunities that the Russian companies could utilize for enhanced trade and investment.
Imran Khan recalls extensive interaction with Putin
Imran Khan recalled his extensive interaction with President Putin on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Bishkek in June this year, in which the two leaders had a fruitful exchange of views. He hoped that President Putin would visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. On the occasion, the Russian minister conveyed special greetings of President Putin, which were warmly reciprocated by PM Khan. Manturov briefed the premier on the range of subjects discussed during the 6th session of Pakistan-Russia Intergovernmental Commission held earlier during the day. He affirmed Russia’s desire for stronger ties with Pakistan and agreed that vast potential existed for enhancing bilateral cooperation in energy, aviation, industry, railways and agriculture sectors. During the meeting, the importance of leadership exchanges was emphasized. The Prime Minister stated that he looked forward to his visit to Russia next year. Earlier today, a new chapter of relation with Russia has begun with its willingness to expand cooperation with Pakistan in different sectors including the industrial, agricultural, energy, medicine and railways. These positive sentiments were expressed by Russian Trade Minister Denis Valentinovich during the sixth meeting of Pakistan-Russia intergovernmental Commission at the foreign office in Islamabad. Later addressing a joint news conference along with Hammad Azhar, the minister said Pakistan Steel Mills was established with the cooperation of Russian experts. He said we will extend cooperation to Pakistan to revive the Steel Mills and enhance its productivity. Denis Valentinovich expressed interest in building geological capacity of Pakistan apart from building North South Gas Pipeline. He said Russia wants to cooperate with Pakistan in aircraft manufacturing sector. He said there are immense opportunities for cooperation in the field of agriculture. Pakistan desires to transform relations with Russia into a strategic partnership.