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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar prior to a meeting in Islamabad, Oct 4, 2012. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday said that every Pakistani wanted the country's relations with Russia to be strengthened, adding that, Pakistan and Russia were renewing their ties, DawnNews reported.

Addressing a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Khar said she hoped that the Pakistani and Russian heads of state would soon meet.

Khar said she and the Russian foreign minister held talks on regional and global challenges confronting both countries.

"The Russian foreign minister's visit is significant for the prospects of regional peace and security," Khar said.

She further said that in the past, Russia had played a significant role in Pakistan's development.

Speaking at the press conference, Lavrov said the ties between Pakistan and Russia were crucial in the light of the current regional and global situation.

Lavrov said the two countries had agreed on increasing cooperation in several areas, including the political and economic sectors.

Lavrov and Khar said the two countries were working on forging stronger bonds in areas such as the steel and energy sectors, as well as combatting drug smuggling.

During their meeting, Lavrov and Khar also discussed the conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria, as well as other crises in the Middle East and North Africa.

Neither offered details about what they discussed, but Lavrov said ''there is a convergence of views on all these issues.''

The Russian foreign minister also expressed dismay over the violence at the Syrian-Turkish border.

Lavrov had arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday evening on a two-day visit. He is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Lavrov was invited by Khar earlier this year, but dates for his trip had to be pulled up after Putin opted against travelling to Islamabad for bilateral meetings and a quadrilateral summit on Afghanistan.

Lavrov’s visit comes as Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani flew to Russia for consolidating progress in defence cooperation.

Kayani would be holding discussions with Russian leaders on furthering bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of defence.

Visits of officials from the two countries may help in consolidating a relationship but in the world of diplomacy long-term convergences sustain ties.

Russia and Pakistan have convergence of views on Afghanistan, regional stability and counter-narcotics efforts. Russia additionally sees Pakistan as a country playing an important role in countering terrorism and achievement of its vision of regional connectivity. — DawnNews/AP

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Khurram
October 4, 2012 11:34 am
USA and Russia can't go hand in hand. I am not sure how this new development will work out. Are we distancing ourselves further from USA?
Sandip
October 4, 2012 11:50 am
Dont see that confidence like Hilary or Indira in Hina Rabbani Khar when shaking hands with Russian counterpart. Sorry to say but all this behaviour sets the tone for disucssion. Russians choose a person who is 6.5 ft tall and most probably has commanding voice for discussion to show what they want. I think Indian FM is also in similar boat as Hina in terms of personality. There are ways in negotiation to work around this kind of commanding folks. But it has to be exercised with caution. Best of Luck for relationship with Russia. India didn't have just a good experience but had to go along with them due to non support from USA
Saeed
October 4, 2012 5:02 pm
A very welcome step by both the states. Cooperation must be durable and have far reaching economic and strategic advantages for both.
Abdullah Hussain
October 4, 2012 12:10 pm
A very welcome step. The masses finds no apparent reason why Pakistan should not engage with Russia.
Morad 786
October 4, 2012 9:45 am
Its a good long-term step by both, eand it will take time to get comfortable in short to medium term...
hina
October 4, 2012 11:41 am
I hope the Russians can help that redundant steel mill and get it productive again. It would be good to have a more open relationship with Russia as we Pakistan has with China both very smart countries.
anees
October 4, 2012 12:37 pm
I hope... and so does the majority
Shahid
October 4, 2012 1:36 pm
Lavrov is a very intelligent person and if he says something it has real meaning, friendship with Russia is Good. Period
bp
October 4, 2012 3:27 pm
All of these comments about good relations with Russia should be based on sound strategy. Pakistan, rather the army, has a strategy. Unfortunately, next time some 'religious' event (attack, riot, etc) happens in Russia, there is a huge protest in Pakistan, and the relationship starts from scratch. In other words, Pakistan relations with any country are always in infancy; never mature.
Hamid Abbasi
October 4, 2012 10:37 am
Indeed a healthy sign,this should have been long ago.Anyway it is never too late.Let us hope for the best.Hamid Abbasi
Aziz
October 4, 2012 12:53 pm
Our relations with Russia, being one of the biggest neighbours of Pakistan, should have never been allowed to deteriorate. Lets treat history as history (after learning some useful lessons) now and move on. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit is a very good omen. Hope President Putin would also visit soon too. Pakistan and Russia can offer a lot to each other and to the world but it should not be at the cost of our relations with the USA, China, India, Iran or for that matter any other country. Peace is vital for the progress of humanity
baakhlaq
October 4, 2012 10:47 am
Our relations with Russia are of utmost importance for regional stability.War of ideologies is almost over now, modern day world is based on economic ties and mutual respect for each others sovereignty,our relations with Russia would be more natural if we are not affected by the propaganda of those who jilted us time and again.
Usman
October 4, 2012 11:05 am
I support strengthening of Pak-Russia ties!
Anand
October 6, 2012 5:16 am
Pakistan Depends Heavily On Other Powerful Countries For Everything. Pakistan Is Nothing Without The Help Of America, Russia Or China. Relationship With America Are Growing Sour. America And Russia Are Not Good Friends So Pakistan Trying To Shake Hands With Russia.
Anand
October 6, 2012 5:11 am
The World Knows That Russia And America Don't Share A Good Relationship. On The Other Hand Pakistan's Relationship With Russia Are Not Good So Pakistan Is Seeking Russia's Help.
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