Monday, December 4, 2023

FO replies to rumors of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Pakistan

Speaker of the Foreign Office Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated Monday that there is no scheduled visit to Pakistan by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In response to a number of media stories about Putin’s July visit, Pakistan and Russia have been close allies and friends.

The two sides want to create a strong multidimensional link that serves not just their national interests, but also regional and global peace and security. An essential aspect of increasing relations between Pakistan and Russia is the exchange of high-level visits.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad successfully in April of this year and the Foreign Minister and Minister for Defense of Pakistan visited the Russian Federation last year.

“Although summit visits have been extended by both parties, there is not yet such a visit arranged,” the statement reads.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi‘s comments last month have indicated that Pakistan is preparing to welcome Vladimir Putin.

Qureshi said Putin would visit Pakistan earlier this year, but it had been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In May, the revised intergovernmental agreement on the construction of a flagship pipeline by Moscow to connect Karachi and Kasur had been played between Pakistan and Russia.

Qureshi also added that the next visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping is being prepared.

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