ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia wrapped up their first strategic dialogue with a commitment to remaining engaged and maintaining the momentum in the relationship.

“Both sides noted with satisfaction the growing understanding between the two countries and discussed in detail the state of bilateral relations. They reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening and diversifying the bilateral relationship to their mutual benefit,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office on the conclusion of the strategic dialogue said on Friday.

At the talks held at the foreign secretaries’ level in Moscow, the Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Gennadievich Titov led his side. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov also participated in the consultations.

The dialogue, the Foreign Office says, lays an institutional framework for building closer relations between the two countries through discussions for cooperation in political, economic, defence and other sectors. The two sides exchanged views on regional and international developments. Broadly, Pakistan and Russia agreed for more high-level contacts, closely coordinating positions on regional and international issues, and expanding trade and investment relations and cooperation in the field of energy and power generation.

Pakistan and Russia, which have a history of estrangement and remained on opposite sides during the cold war era, now look to have policy convergences on a number of international issues, including Afghanistan and Syria. This similarity in views coupled with growing warmth in defence ties has helped the two countries to come close.

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August 31, 2013 9:38 am

I am very happy on this accord. Its time to get freedom from US slavery and embrace Russia as a permanent ally.

August 31, 2013 9:38 am

Good news.

August 31, 2013 9:42 am

Should we expect to know what was discussed and what specific agreements were reached. How much money was spent on this trip and how many people went to Moscow and what is the ROI? I read everyday the falling foreign reserves so it is my right to know what transpired in this foreign excursion trip?

August 31, 2013 9:46 am

What specific policies were discussed? Is that information in public domain or just another way wasting hard earned foreign reserves. Why do the public official go around in the country and do something more constructive? Why I do not see any publications by these high flying Pakistani officials?

August 31, 2013 10:07 am

Now it seems that Pakistan has got some sense...

August 31, 2013 10:11 am

we should have done it a long time ago...

August 31, 2013 4:57 pm

The alliance should have been a natural one and a practical one between Pakistan and Russia and should have been realized atleast 5 decades ago. Having situated in the same region along with China could have been thousand times better then our alliance with USA that is more then 7000 thousand miles away and across three continents. Its a very positive step and I would hope to see it swiftly go further.

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