Pakistan wants multi-dimensional relationship with Russia: PM


Islamabad: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is keen to enhance its relations with the Russian Federation and wants a multi-dimensional relationship with Russia in the fields of trade, defence, energy, infrastructure, culture and other spheres.

He stated this in his first-ever meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ufa on Friday. The Prime Minister said we are grateful to the Russian Federation for its support to Pakistan’s entry into SCO as a full member.

President Putin congratulated the Prime Minister on the launching of formal accession of Pakistan to SCO. He stated that Russia attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan and would like to further enhance them, particularly in the economic domain.

Both leaders reviewed the progress in a number of projects under consideration especially in the energy sector. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress being made in finalizing North-South gas pipeline agreement and decided to expedite the process.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan appreciates the Russian Federation for its support to Pakistan’s entry into SCO as a full member. He informed the President Putin that Pakistan is keen to enhance its relations with the Russian Federation and wants a multi-dimensional relationship with Russia in the fields of trade, defence, energy, infrastructure, culture and other spheres.

This was the first ever meeting between the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Putin in the historic city of Ufa. Both delegations have expressed the confidence that Sharif-Putin meeting would help in raising the level of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.