PM Khan reaffirms to Russia the expediting of PS-NSGP

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – April 8, 2021
ISLAMABAD: In his meeting with Russian foreign minister (FM) Sergey Lavrov, Wednesday, the prime minister (PM) Imran Khan reaffirmed resolve to expeditiously conclude the requisite legal process for the “Pakistan Stream” north-south gas pipeline (PS-NSGP) project and commence the work as early as possible.

According to a press release, the Russian FM, on his two days official trip to Pakistan, called on the PM in the federal capital.

PM Khan congratulated Russia on its development of Sputnik-V vaccine and underscored Pakistan’s procurement plans in this regard.

Views were exchanged on the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

With reference to the situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the PM shared Pakistan’s perspective on issues of peace and security in South Asia, including the need for peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir (JK) dispute.

PM Khan reiterated the importance Pakistan attaches to its relations with Russia as a key foreign policy priority.

The PM fondly recalled his interaction with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek in June 2019, where he had underscored his desire to take the bilateral relationship to a new level.

He expressed satisfaction at the steady growth in bilateral ties, including deepening cooperation in trade, energy, security and defence.

Enhanced bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, industrial modernisation, railways and aviation was discussed.

It was agreed that the intergovernmental commission (IGC), due to meet in Moscow later this year, will closely pursue specific proposals and projects in this context.

In the regional context, PM Khan stressed the importance of a negotiated political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Pakistan appreciated Russia’s efforts in promoting the Afghan peace process including through the hosting of the recent meeting of extended Troika in Moscow.

Views were also exchanged on situation in West Asia, the Gulf, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

The PM reiterated his invitation to Russian president Putin to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

Pakistan-Russia bilateral relations and issues of regional and global importance were discussed.

Both the countries enjoy friendly and cooperative relations based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

Bilateral cooperation is growing across a wide range of areas of common interest including in security and defence, counter-terrorism, and the Afghan peace process.

Over the recent past, deepening collaboration in economic, trade and energy sectors has been the focus of the two governments.

The visit of Russian FM Lavrov contributes to further deepening of the multifaceted bilateral relationship and enhancing mutual understanding on regional and global issues.