Islamabad—Russian Ambassador Alexey Y Dedov last night hosted a grand reception to mark the Day of Russia here at a local hotel.
Those who were present on the occasion included Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, National Security Adviser Nasir Khan Janjua and special assistant to PM on foreign affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, besides diplomat and cross-section of the civil society. Pakistan Peoples Party was represented by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan.
At the outset, national anthems of Pakistan and Russia were played and a cake was also cut. In a brief chat with the newsmen, Russian ambassador said they attach high importance to relations with Pakistan.
The two countries have bright future prospects to further cement their socio-economic partnership. He hoped their bilateral trade will keep growing,
Governor Punjab on the occasion said that Pakistan-Russia relations are currently going through a new phase of cordiality, friendship and increased engagement in diverse areas as a result of the framework developed through signing of various agreements/MoUs signed with Russia.
A number of agreements/MoUs are in the pipeline as well. Pakistan and Russia have developed mutual understanding on important political and security issues and have institutionalized bilateral relationship through consultative mechanisms.
The two countries have been having frequent high level contacts. Bilateral trade and economic relations with Russia have been steadily improving over the past few years.
During Russian Energy Minister’s visit to Islamabad last year, an agreement on North South Gas Pipeline project worth US$ 2 billion was signed. The 1,100 km long pipeline will be used for transportation of gas from Karachi to Lahore.
Various Russian state-owned energy companies have shown interest in several energy projects in Pakistan.
Pakistan-Russia military-to-military contacts at the highest level and cooperation in the field of defence have been on an upward trajectory over the last few years.