Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held a telephonic conversation on Thursday and discussed the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
Matters of mutual interest, cooperation at the multilateral fora, prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation, and regional issues were also discussed, according to a press release issued by Foreign Office.
FM Qureshi offered condolences on the loss of precious lives in Russia due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also underlined that Pakistan considered Russia an important partner and desired to forge a long-term and multi-dimensional partnership.
“The two foreign ministers exchanged views about the socio-economic ramifications about the pandemic,” a press release issued by the Foreign Office stated. “Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed solidarity with Pakistan in its efforts to combat the outbreak.” The foreign minister apprised his Russian counterpart of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for “Global Initiative on Debt Relief” for developing countries.
“Coordinated and comprehensive actions were essential to create fiscal space needed by the developing world to deal with the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19,” FO quoted FM Qureshi as saying.