14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan, Russia discuss bilateral cooperation, regional matters

Bilawal Bhutto calls on Russia’s Sergei Lavrov, SCO’s Zhang Ming, and Uzbekistan’s Bakhtiyor Saidov in India

Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in India on the sidelines of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Council of Foreign Ministers being held in Goa – a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. Bilawal Bhutto assured Sergei Lavrov to work closely for further deepening cooperation in food security, energy and people-to-people contacts.

He said that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization opened new vistas of cooperation and coordination with Russia. Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Zhang Ming also called on Bilawal Bhutto and discussed matters of mutual interest.

Bilawal Bhutto briefed the secretary general on the activities in pursuance of vision of the bloc’s leadership. Zhang Ming thanked the foreign minister for Pakistan’s consistent support to the regional bloc and appreciated its constructive contributions towards strengthening regional cooperation, connectivity, peace and prosperity.

Bilawal Bhutto held a meeting with Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Saidov and discussed matters of bilateral and regional interests. During the meeting, they exchanged views on different issues with special focus on economic ties and enhanced regional connectivity.

Members of National Assembly hailed Bilawal Bhutto’s decision to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization moot in India to present a vibrant and vociferous perspective of Pakistan on core regional and local issues. MNA Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai said it was after 12 years that any Pakistani dignitary was visiting India to participate an international event.

In his opinion, he said that the foreign minister’s participation was necessary to present Pakistan’s opinion at the global level conference. He believed that the forum was an opportunity for the foreign minister to raise his voice on pertinent issues of regional and bilateral importance.

MNA Waheed Alam Khan said that the foreign minister was participating in an international conference and not a bilateral event. He said that Pakistan could not afford to live in conflicts with its neighboring countries and had to proceed further with a positive approach to forge cooperation for mutual benefit and development of the region.

Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Faisal Karim Kundi said the SCO forum was an international event and there was no bilateral meeting with India and neither the country had asked for any on the occasion. MNA Ali Musa Gilani said that there was no solution to Kashmir issue through wars rather political governments and leaderships would have to sit on the table to resolve issues through dialogue.