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Russia offers Pakistan assistance in vaccines, energy, security and other sectors



ISLAMABAD: Russia has offered co-operation in the uninterrupted supply of corona vaccine to Pakistan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressing a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad said that Russia can co-operate in providing energy and security equipment to Pakistan. The North-South gas pipeline project between Karachi and Lahore was also discussed during the talks between the two countries. The Russian Foreign Minister said that his country was ready to supply Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet Pakistan's energy needs. Russia's Gazprom and Novatek made the offer long ago, and now only Pakistani businessmen and the government are waiting for a response. Expressing satisfaction over the 46% increase in trade volume between the two countries, the Russian Foreign Minister said that economic cooperation could be further strengthened. He stressed on the need to increase wheat trade with Pakistan and said that trade could be increased in many other sectors as well. The Russian Foreign Minister said that a meeting of the Pak-Russian Intergovernmental Commission would be held in Moscow this year in which decisions on cooperation in various fields would be taken. Sergey Lavrov said that Pakistan has close ties between the Nuclear Energy Commission and Russia's Rosatom and that nuclear technology will soon be used in the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. The Russian Foreign Minister also offered to provide special equipment from Russia to make Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts a success. He said that the success of counter-terrorism would also benefit other countries in the region. He said joint military exercises between the two countries' forces would be stepped up to benefit from each other's experiences. He said that Pakistan had joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization three years ago and since then Pakistan's counter-terrorism activities have increased. The Russian Foreign Minister expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Afghanistan and said that the incidents of violence in the eastern and northern parts of the country have increased significantly. He said Russia and Pakistan were ready to play a key role in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Istanbul next month. On the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Minister said that he was in favor of a free and independent Palestinian state and wanted Israel and Palestine to continue talks on this issue. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that relations with Russia were entering a new era.

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