Pakistan seeks to strengthen bilateral ties with russia across various sectors.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif emphasized Pakistan’s commitment to bolstering historic relations with Russia, expressing a desire to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple domains, particularly in energy, trade, and investment.

In a meeting with Ambassador of the Russian Federation Albert P. Khorev, Prime Minister Sharif extended heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives in the recent Crocus City Hall attack near Moscow, reaffirming Pakistan’s solidarity with Russia during this challenging time.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif underscored the importance of convening the 9th session of the Inter-governmental Commission (IGC), scheduled to be hosted by Russia later this year. He urged the Russian authorities to dispatch a delegation to Pakistan for discussions aimed at augmenting the current level of trade and investment collaboration between the two nations.

Recalling their encounter at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Samarkand in 2022, Prime Minister Sharif reiterated his invitation to President Putin to undertake an official visit to Pakistan at the earliest convenience, expressing gratitude for the congratulatory message received from President Vladimir Putin on his re-election.

In response, Ambassador Khorev affirmed Russia’s commitment to fostering stronger ties with Pakistan, highlighting Russia’s interest in expanding cooperation beyond energy, trade, and investment to encompass education and culture.

Furthermore, both nations actively engage in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), indicating avenues for further collaboration and partnership on regional and international platforms.