Prime Minister (PM) Pakistan Imran Khan calls on President of Russia Vladimir Putin, today and held a telephonic conversation.
The two leaders fondly recalled their conversations during last year. And exchanged views on bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Earlier, President of Russia Vladimir Putin issued a statement against Islamophobia, saying:
“Insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) does not count as an expression of artistic freedom. But is a “violation of religious freedom.”
PM Imran Khan calls on President Putin to also appreciate his statement against Islamophobia.
Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan tweeted today (Monday):
The Prime Minister stated that he has been regularly highlighted the appalling rise in Islamophobia. And highlighted the associated hatred in his addresses to the UN General Assembly, pointing towards its serious ramifications.
Moreover, the Prime Minister said that the bilateral relationship of Pakistan and Russia was on an upward trajectory. Especially, with an increased focus on trade and economic ties and energy cooperation. He reiterated the Government’s resolve for early realization of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.
Both leaders agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in different areas, increase high-level exchanges, and remain in close contact on matters relating to Afghanistan.
The PM underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was pivotal for regional stability. Afg was facing dire humanitarian & economic challenges & the support of the international community to the people of Afghanistan at this critical juncture remained vitally important, he stressed.
The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of the release of Afghanistan’s financial assets for addressing the dire needs of the Afghan people.
The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to President Putin’s visit to Pakistan as well as his own visit to Russia at an appropriate time.