FM Khj. Asif leaves for Moscow to strengthen bilateral ties

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has left for Russia on a four-day official visit to strengthen  bilateral ties between the two countries. Khawaja Asif  is visiting Moscow on the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

According to the Foreign Office statement, the Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will hold  formal talks with his Russian counterparts, during which bilateral relations, regional and global issues will be discussed between the two countries. Both countries are celebrating the seventeenth  anniversary of diplomatic relations.  The two ministers had earlier met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York in September 2017.

“The visit would provide opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in political, economic, trade and investment, defense, education and cultural fields,” the statement said.

The foreign ministry said relations between the two countries have been growing steadily in all fields. Regular high level exchanges between the two countries in the last few years are a manifestation of mutual desire for translating political good will into a substantive and multidimensional partnership, the statement  added.

The trip comes in a situation that the US along with its allies were trying to place Pakistan on Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey-list for allegedly not taking appropriate steps to curb money-laundering and terror financing. Pakistan and Russia are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year.


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