Pakistan, Russia agree to broaden scope of existing bilateral ties
Dushanbe, Sept 4(ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, have agreed to broaden the scope of the existing equation between both nations with extended trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.
The leaders of Pakistan and Russia met in Dushanbe for a quadrilateral summit that also included Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Zardari reiterated his call to institutionalize a regular dialogue between Pakistan and Russia at the Foreign Ministers' level with annual bilateral meetings, alternatively in Islamabad and Moscow, to sustain the upward trajectory in the relationship, The Express Tribune reports.
Briefing the media about the meeting, Zardari's spokesperson, Farhatullah Babar, said that during their sixth meeting in a period of less than three years, the two presidents reviewed the progress made so far on the decisions taken during their earlier meetings.
Babar said that besides discussing the need to further enhance cooperation in various areas, the two presidents also discussed the regional situation with reference to threat from militants.
Zardari welcomed Russian interest in various important energy projects, such as TAPI, oil and gas exploration, hydel power production and distribution of coal based power generation, Babar said.
Pakistan would welcome Russian participation in the projects of coal power generation from deposits from Sindh and the hydel power projects like Munda, Kuramtagni and Muzzaffargarh, he added. (ANI)
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