Russia striving for equitable world order: envoy

Published June 12, 2024
Russian Ambassador Albert Khorev, Petroleum Minister Musadik Masood Malik and others cut a cake at a ceremony held to celebrate ‘Day of Russia’ on Tuesday. — White Star
Russian Ambassador Albert Khorev, Petroleum Minister Musadik Masood Malik and others cut a cake at a ceremony held to celebrate ‘Day of Russia’ on Tuesday. — White Star

ISLAMABAD: Russian Ambassador Albert Khorev on Tuesday said Russia was striving for a genuinely equitable world order, opposing the “collective West’s attempts to instill neo-colonial practices”.

He was speaking at a grand reception held to celebrate the ‘Day of Russia’, welcoming representatives from friendly countries around the globe.

In his address, Ambassador Khorev highlighted the significance of the event and underscored Russia’s current geopolitical challenges. “Russia is encountering the most serious challenge in its contemporary history with the special military operation in Ukraine,” he said.

The ambassador expressed his pleasure in welcoming the diverse gathering, noting the potential for achieving unforeseen successes through joint efforts.

“By acting together in the interest of our countries, we can reach unforeseen successes for the benefit of our people,” he added.

In 2024, Russia assumed the chairmanship of notable international and regional associations, including BRICS and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The ambassador outlined Russia’s priorities during its CIS chairmanship, which included deepening economic integration, enhancing foreign policy coordination, strengthening joint response mechanisms to both traditional and emerging challenges, and expanding cultural and humanitarian ties.

As for BRICS cooperation, the ambassador highlighted a commitment to multilateralism, respect for international law based on the United Nations charter, upholding international peace and security, ensuring sustainable development and respecting rights and freedoms for all, regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender.

He stressed the importance of countering unilateral approaches and restrictive measures that negatively impact the global economy.

Addressing regional issues, the ambassador reaffirmed Russia’s dedication to resolving international problems. He highlighted Russia’s role in advocating for a resolution to the situation in Gaza based on relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, aiming for the establishment of a fully-fledged Palestinian state.

Reflecting on his six-month tenure in Pakistan, the ambassador recognised the tremendous potential for deepening and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. He noted the growing bilateral trade, which exceeded $1 billion last year, and expressed optimism for further growth.

“Russia closely cooperates with Pakistan at various international forums, including the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation,” the ambassador said.

He appreciated Pakistan’s independent and measured stance on significant global issues and welcomed the increasing bilateral trade.

Albert Khorev also extended a special welcome to the chief guest, Minister for Petroleum Musadik Masood Malik, whose presence underscored the importance of energy cooperation and security in the bilateral relations between Russia and Pakistan.

In addition to energy cooperation, the ambassador highlighted Russia’s commitment to the development of the Russian language in Pakistan and the strengthening of cooperation in science, culture and education.

The reception concluded on a hopeful note, with the Russian envoy expressing confidence in the potential for continued collaboration and mutual success between Russia and its international partners.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2024

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