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Foreign Secretary praised Russia for de-escalating Pak-India crisis

28 March, 2019

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Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Russian envoy Alexey Dedov, on Wednesday, presented a united front for cordial ties between their countries.

They expressed this optimism while speaking at an international conference, titled, ‘Pakistan – Russia Strategic Relations: Prospects for Cooperation,’ held under the auspices of an Islamabad-based think tank, Strategic Vision Institute (SVI). The convention was also addressed by a number of local and Russian speakers.

SVI took this initiative to explore the prospects of expansion in Pak-Russia ties in view of the changing regional and international geopolitical environment; warming economic bilateral ties and their growing military cooperation.

Foreign Secretary Janjua hailed Pakistan and Russia for enjoying an “emerging partnership” with “tremendous scope.”

She noted that the growth in ties was underpinned by progressive institutional relations, summit-level exchanges, military-to-military linkages and their strategic cooperation for peace in Afghanistan.

She praised Russia for the role played in de-escalation of the recent Pak-India crisis as it offered to mediate between the two neighbours.

Janjua believed a change in the configuration of Pak-Russia relations had ensued from Moscow’s nuanced policy towards South Asia. Russia’s policy for peace and stability in the region was said to be quite balanced.

Ambassador Dedov joined her in mentioning the upcoming high-level bilateral engagement in Kyrgyzstan in June, to be held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit. Dedov noted that Pakistan’s membership to SCO had advanced the potential of cooperation between the two countries.

Mentioning the institutional processes between the two countries, he said the high-level political dialogue was leading to deeper ties. Meanwhile, the economic cooperation was said to be driven by the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. A meeting of the commission had been planned for the last quarter of this year, he maintained.

The envoy said that energy formed the core of Pak-Russia’s economic collaboration while giving an overview of the developments related to the North-South gas pipeline. He said that Russia had completed its internal procedures in the wake of the inter-governmental agreement signed in 2015 and was now waiting for Pakistani partners to complete similar measures on their side. “We are now at the stage of agreement from the implementing agency,” he added.

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