Bilateral meeting between Pakistan PM and Putin to be held in Russia
The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan has announced that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Russia this week for a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Khan has accepted Putin's invitation to visit Russia for a two-day visit beginning Wednesday, according to the ministry.
"They will also exchange views on major global and regional issues, such as Islamophobia and the situation in Afghanistan."
For the first time in 20 years, Pakistan's leader will visit Russia. In an interview with Newsweek Pakistan, Khan claimed that his trip to Russia was planned before the Ukrainian crisis.
"I received President Putin's invitation much earlier.". It is the purpose of the visit to engage with Russia on topics of mutual interest, especially economic ones," he said in an interview published on Monday.
As ARY News reported, Pakistan's Finance Ministry previously planned to borrow $3 billion from China to increase its foreign exchange reserves, and another $2 billion from Russia and Kazakhstan for its ML-1 railway project.
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Islamabad was given Major Non-NATO Ally status by Washington, and relations between the two nations were minimal for years.
The relationship between the United States and Pakistan is rapidly deteriorating, and a thawing in relations between Moscow and Islamabad has led to the planning of several projects related to the gas and energy industries.
22 Feb 2022