Imran Khan reiterates his invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Pakistan

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov met on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, at which the former reiterated his invitation for the Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Pakistan, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

Talking to Sergei Lavrov, Imran Khan stressed the importance attached in Pakistan’s foreign policy to a qualitatively new relationship with the Russian Federation.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction at the steady growth of Pak-Russia bilateral cooperation in diverse areas including political, trade, energy, investment, security and defence fields.

The prime minister recalled his interaction with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Bishkek on June 13, 2019 and extensive exchange of views on bilateral as well as regional and international issues.

Imran Khan noted that Pakistan and Russia had maintained close contact following the unilateral and illegal Indian actions of August, 2019 5 in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He underscored that these actions and India’s belligerent rhetoric and aggressive posture continued to pose a grave risk to regional peace and security which the international community must take serious cognizance of.

The prime minister emphasized that the Kashmiri population under Indian occupation had been locked down for over 53 days and international community must urge India to lift curfew and other restrictions and also play its role in the just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

It may be noted that Russia is the President of UN Security Council for the current month.

During the meeting, Imran Khan and Sergei Lavrov also exchanged views on the Afghan peace process.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. He emphasized that the stalled peace process must be resumed at the earliest to advance the objectives of peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The prime minister underscored the importance of both sides consulting each other on all issues of common interest.