Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has told him that close coordination and consultations between Pakistan and Russia on Afghanistan are of “crucial importance.”
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office said, “The two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments of Afghanistan, bilateral cooperation, and collaboration in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).”
The statement added that the prime minister stressed on the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional security and prosperity. “He emphasized the urgent need for provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the imperative of averting an economic crisis,” the statement said.
PM Khan also urged the international community to remain engaged in Afghanistan. He said the Afghan people should not be abandoned at this crucial juncture.
The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation across a range of sectors; PM Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to upgrading the overall relationship.
He said strengthening trade and investments and energy cooperation were the “cornerstones” of engagement with Russia.
The prime minister also spoke of completing the the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.
PM Khan also invited President Putin to Pakistan. President Putin, in turn, renewed his invitation to the premier to undertake a visit to Russia.
“Relations between Pakistan and Russia have been on an upward trajectory propelled by converging views on important regional and international issues, growing trust, and increasing bilateral cooperation manifested by recent high-level interactions,” the statement noted.