Russian FM arrives to 'cement bilateral ties'
04 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday on a two-day official visit for bilateral consultations, a television channel reported.
He will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today (Thursday), the Foreign Ministry said.
Lavrov is also scheduled to meet the president and prime minister. The visit will provide an opportunity to further expand and intensify the existing mutually beneficial bilateral ties, the Foreign Ministry said.
"Pakistan and Russia enjoy an excellent relationship based on mutual interest in enhancing greater bilateral cooperation and convergence of views on various important regional and international issues," it said.
The two countries also share the common objective of peace and stability in the broader region and attach importance to regional connectivity both in terms of trade and energy cooperation, it added.
Recently, the two countries held their second inter-governmental commission (IGC) on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation in Islamabad and discussed concrete proposals in various areas of cooperation, including energy, agriculture, industries and production, bilateral trade and investment, scientific and technical cooperation. Lavrvo's visit came after the Foreign Ministry confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit had been postponed.