Moscow, Pakistan: Russia and Pakistan discussed security issues during a meeting of Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev with National Security Adviser of Pakistan Gen Nasser Khan Janjua
According to Press statement. the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolay Patrushev called for cooperation with Pakistan during his meeting with Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Adviser of Pakistan who headed the Pakistani delegation.
“Russian-Pakistani consultations on security issues were held in Moscow by the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolay Patrushev and adviser to the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on national security issues Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, National Security Adviser of Pakistan with the participation of representatives of several agencies of the two countries,” indicated official statement.
It is noted in official statement that the parties stressed the interest in further cooperation between Moscow and Islamabad in the sphere of security. It is added that the meeting discussed issues of bilateral military cooperation, counteraction to international terrorism and cooperation in the field of information security.
Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on national security issues Nasir-Khan Janjua arrived in Russia to attend the 9th International Meeting of High Representatives.
Islamabad Bureau adds:
On the invitation of Mr. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, a high-level Inter-Ministerial delegation, led by Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, NSA visited Moscow on 22-23 April 2018, said an official statement issued by the office of National Security Advisor of Pakistan here from Islamabad.
This is the first-time ever that inter-Ministerial level delegations led by National Security Advisers of the two countries met each other.
Pakistan delegation included senior representatives comprising Secretaries, Additional Secretaries and Maj. Generals from National Security Division, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence Production, Strategic Plans Division, Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and Intelligence.
The Russian side, led by Mr. Nikolai Patrushev, comprised Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces of the Russian Federation, senior representatives from Russian Security Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs, RosoboronExport, Federal Security Services, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and RosCosmos.
NSA of Pakistan gave an elaborate presentation to the bilateral forum on trends of global power politics.
He shared his strategic thinking about evolving security challenges around the globe with particular focus on the region. He also highlighted the common opportunities for Russia and Pakistan. Regional connectivity and prospects of closer cooperation in the fields of space, defence, security, economy & trade, cyber security, intelligence-sharing remained the main focus of the delegation level talks.
Delegation-level talks were followed by One-on-One meeting between the National Security Advisers of Pakistan and Russia.
Both sides expressed their satisfaction at the positive trajectory and progression of mutual relationship at bilateral and multilateral levels including SCO and the United Nations. They reiterated to continue to work together for further improvement in relationship and to seek enduring peace and stability in the region.
“This is an excellent development. Pakistan are Russia are getting closer and both the countries are concerned about presence of international terrorists in Afghanistan. Both the countries consider rise of Islamic State (Deash) in Afghanistan as threat to regional security and both the countries want a peaceful resolution of Afghan conflict through dialogue among fighting factions. This is first time that Russia and Pakistan are working closely without any bias and without any per-conditions”, said Agha Iqrar Haroon, senior journalist and Development Observer working the regions of Central Asia and eastern Europe.
Haroon believes that there is a space for Pakistan to become a strategic partner of Moscow in the region of South Asia after United States has adopted India as its strategic partner to keep an eye on China waters in Asia. Haroon was of the view that Pakistan needs to redesign its Foreign Policy of Middle East if he (Pakistan) really wishes to stand with Moscow for a longer period. Haroon said that Russia is (was) partnering with Iran and Syria in Middle East while Pakistan is (was) perceptively closer to Saudi Arabia and United States regarding Yemen and Syrian crises. The visit of Saudi King to Moscow did not bring results for pushing Russia and Saudi Arabia closer in Middle eastern politics, claimed Haroon.