Moscow, Russia: The Civil and Military leaderships of Russia and Pakistan held four important meetings in less than 24 hours.
The visit of the head of Pakistani forces Gen Qamar Bajwa in Moscow on Tuesday is the fourth important event where Russian and Pakistani top civil and military leadership met in less than 24 hours.
According to available information, Russia and Pakistan discussed modalities of holding “Friendship” Military Exercise 2018 during the meeting of head of Pakistan Army and Colonel General Oleg Salyukov, the Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces.
While National Security Advisor of Pakistan Gen Janjua held a series of meetings along with his high-powered delegates in Moscow on Sunday and Monday including his meeting with Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev.
According to available information, Gen Janjua and Nikolai Patrushev were of the view that sharing intelligence information between the two countries would help to fight terrorism in the region and both were on same page regarding the threats being faced by the region due to heavy presence of Islamic State (Deash) terrorists in Afghanistan.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held an important meeting separately with Pakistani Defence Minister Khuram Dastigir in Beijing on Tuesday and they also attended meeting of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states. According to available information, Shoigu urged to intensify cooperation between Pakistan and Russian defence ministries.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held exclusive meeting with Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif on Tuesday on the sidelines of the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held in Beijing.
Think Tanks in Moscow believe that Russia is ready to involve with Pakistan as a reliable partner and is keenly following Foreign Policy of Pakistan towards Middle East and its relations with United States.