Economic ties with Russia, Africa on positive trajectory: FM

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ISLAMABAD
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that relations between Pakistan and Russia are on a positive trajectory.
Pakistan and Russia are developing an understanding on the North-South Gas Pipeline project, which is a significant step for bilateral cooperation in economy and energy, the foreign minister said in a statement on Tuesday. Furthermore, the foreign minister stated that Russian President Putin’s recent statement against Islamophobia vindicates the stance of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue. “This indicates that the two countries are moving ahead at regional and global levels with identical approaches,” he said.
“Pakistan has been part of the Moscow Format and a Russian representative attended the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad,” the foreign minister said. He added that Russian Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov also participated in the recently held extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.”
Qureshi said that both countries held mutual consultations on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and that Pakistan’s efforts had resulted in drawing the world’s attention to the situation in Afghanistan; however, further attention was required. “The humanitarian situation is further deteriorating in Afghanistan with the severity of cold weather,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday said that the ‘Engage Africa’ policy of the incumbent government, based on forging economic ties, has infused a new dynamic in Pakistan’s historic bonds with the continent. The foreign minister, who held a telephone conversation with Suzi Carla Barbosa, the Foreign Minister of Guinea-Bissau, expressed the confidence that these relations would continue to maintain their upward trajectory in the days ahead.

He underscored the great importance that Pakistan accorded to further strengthening its cordial relations with Africa, in general, and West Africa including Guinea-Bissau, in particular.

Expressing satisfaction at the traditionally cordial and cooperative ties between Pakistan and Guinea-Bissau, the foreign minister affirmed his commitment towards building mutually beneficial partnerships, in particular, in the economic, social and trade domains.

The two foreign ministers also reviewed their existing cooperation at the multilateral fora and reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen it. TLTP