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Pak-Russia Strengthen Ties; China-Pak Cooperation Boosted

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Pakistan and Russia have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, focusing on key areas such as trade, defense, and energy. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar recently met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) to discuss enhancing cooperation between the two nations.

In their discussions, both leaders emphasized the importance of deepening Pakistan-Russia relations and fostering mutual understanding. They also touched upon recent regional and global developments, with Dar commending Russia on the successful and peaceful election process. The positive trajectory of Pakistan-Russia relations was acknowledged, with both sides expressing satisfaction at the increasing cooperation.

A key outcome of the meeting was the agreement to convene the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) in Moscow later this year, aimed at further bolstering bilateral ties. The commitment to enhancing economic, trade, and strategic cooperation was reiterated, highlighting the shared vision for a stronger partnership.

Additionally, Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar engaged with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana, Kazakhstan. The discussions focused on enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation and advancing the high-quality development of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The meeting between Dar and Wang Yi underscored the importance of strengthening the strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China, marking the 73rd anniversary of their diplomatic relations. The commitment to furthering cooperation and development within the framework of CPEC was a central theme of their discussions.

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