Pakistan wants to boost Russia ties: PM Ashraf
02 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Russian Federation and is keen to intensify economic ties between the two countries.
The premier expressed these views in a meeting with a Russian delegation at the Prime Minister's House.
Raja praised the growing economic cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including energy, steel, science and technology, trade, investment, education, culture and infrastructure development which, he said has given new impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries.
"Russian investment can help Pakistan to generate more employment opportunities and reduce poverty," he said, adding, "Pakistan can benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and expertise of Russian Federation."
The Pakistan Steel Mills is a symbol of Pak-Russia relationship and expansion and rehabilitation with the federation would surely bring economic uplift for the country, said the PM.
The PM noted with satisfaction that MOU for the expansion of Pakistan Steel Mills has been approved by the Cabinet and ready for signature by both the sides.
Raja also appreciated the cooperation being extended by the federation for the conversion of Jamshoro and Muzaffargarh thermal power plants from furnace oil to coal.