BISHKEK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin appreciated Pakistan’s role and efforts for promoting regional peace and security.
While talking to media, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met briefly on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek.
Both leaders discussed the Afghanistan issue, the situation in the Middle East and Iran. PM Imran also took the Russian president into confidence on Kashmir’s situation, Qureshi told reporters.
He said the SCO forum provided an opportunity for peace, stability and regional connectivity.
During the summit on June 13, the prime minister while giving an interview to the Russian media, expressed his desire to increase military ties with Moscow.
PM Khan said he was happy with the burgeoning relationship between Pakistan and Russia.
“This is not the 60’s, things have changed drastically from the past riddled with ‘cold war’,” said Khan.
PM Imran Khan and other world leaders were in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to attend the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.