PM Imran, Russian President Putin discuss Afghanistan on phone


ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday received a telephone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin wherein they exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations.

The prime minister stressed that a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was vitally important for Pakistan and regional stability. Besides ensuring safety, security and protection of rights of Afghans, an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward.

He underscored that the international community must stay positively engaged in support of the people of Afghanistan, to help address humanitarian needs and ensure economic sustenance.

He underscored the importance of coordinated approaches in addressing the evolving situation and noted that Pakistan attached high importance of the role of the Troika Plus format.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of Pakistan-Russia relations, with increased high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields.

He reiterated the Government’s resolve to strengthen trade relations as well as bilateral collaboration in energy sector, including early realization of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

The two leaders agreed to closely cooperate within the SCO for promoting regional peace and security.

The Prime Minister reiterated his invitation to President Putin to visit Pakistan.

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