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Russia, Pakistan confer on Afghan peace process

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Pakistan met with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed issues related to the Afghan peace process and other mutual interests.

Mr. Lavrov acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in the Afghan peace process, Pakistan media reported.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, said during the meeting, the foreign minister and army chief discussed matters of mutual interest including enhanced defense and security cooperation, regional security, and in particular the Afghan peace process.

“The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan’s achievements in the war against terrorism and contributions for regional peace and stability especially Pakistan’s sincere efforts in the Afghan peace process,” the statement read.

The foreign minister said Pakistan and Russia’s relations were on a positive trajectory and would continue to develop in multiple domains.

“Pakistan welcomes all initiatives which can bring peace and stability in Afghanistan as the whole region will benefit from it,” he stressed.

The foreign minister is on an official two-day visit — 6-7 April — to Pakistan. His engagements consist of meeting top officials, including the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, among others.

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