On Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed that relations with Russia were a key priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
While in a telephonic conversation with the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister noted that Pakistan-Russia relations had made huge progress over the past two decades and stressed upon the continuation of this progress to capitalize on their cooperation.
Qureshi also repeated Pakistan’s request for assistance in procuring five million doses of Sputnik V vaccine.
The foreign minister, the communiqué said, hoped that joint mechanisms such as political consultations, Pakistan-Russia IGC, and various other joint working groups meetings would resume in-person once the Covid-19 situation normalizes.
“The two foreign ministers stressed the importance of follow-up action on the decisions made during the recent visits to transform these into tangible outcomes. Both sides agreed to work closely for an early negotiated political settlement of the Afghan issue,” said the statement.
During the call, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.