BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI
In new phase of global and regional realignment is on full swing. Tension between Pak-US relations the Pakistans’ foreign policy dimensions are changing.Both Pakistan and Russia are agreed to explore new opportunities to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields including defence and strategic fields.
In this regards the Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has left for Russian Federation on a four-day visit today (Monday) on the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
During his stay in Moscow, the foreign minister will hold official talks with his Russian counterpart.
The two sides would deliberate upon the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
According to diplomatic sources in this visit the sides will discuss arrangements for proposed up-coming visit of Russia President Putin to Pakistan and Pakistani PM Shahid Abbasi in near future.
The visit would provide opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in political, economic, trade and investment, defence, education and cultural fields.
Russia enjoys a special place in Pakistan’s foreign policy. The relations between the two countries have been growing steadily in all fields. Regular high level exchanges between the two countries in the last few years is a manifestation of mutual desire of both sides for translating political good will into a substantive and multidimensional partnership.
The two countries are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year.