FM requests assistance in procuring Sputnik-V vaccines

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – June 15, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated to Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, on Monday, the request for assistance in procuring five million doses of Sputnik-V vaccines.

According to a press release, the FM held a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart.

During the call, both the leaders exchanged views on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

FM Qureshi reaffirmed that relations with Russia are a key priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

He said that FM Lavrov’s recent visit to Pakistan reflected keenness of both sides to deepen the long-term multidimensional partnership.

FM Qureshi added that Pakistan-Russia relations have made impressive progress over the past two decades and held that we must continue to capitalise on the cooperation.

He further said that an important development since FM Lavrov’s visit was the signing of protocol on amendments to inter governmental agreement (IGA) for the development of north-south gas pipeline project (Pakistan Stream) and that it will pave the way for an early commencement of the project.

The FM hoped that joint mechanisms such as political consultations, Pakistan-Russia inter-governmental cooperation (IGC) and various other joint working groups’ meetings will resume in-person once the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation normalises.

The two leaders stressed the importance of follow-up action on the decisions made during the recent visits to transform them into tangible outcomes.

Both sides agreed to work closely for an early negotiated political settlement of the Afghan issue.

The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact.