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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to conclude the required legal process for the Pakistan Stream North-South Gas Pipeline project and commence construction work as early as possible.

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He expressed these views during a meeting with the Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who had called on him to discuss bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia as well as issues of regional and global importance.

The prime minister fondly recalled his interaction with President Vladimir Putin during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Bishkek in June 2019, where he had underscored his desire to take the bilateral relationship to a new level.

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Enhanced bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, industrial modernization, railways and aviation was also discussed. It was agreed that the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC), due to meet in Moscow later this year, would closely pursue specific proposals and projects in this context.

Views were exchanged on the health and economic challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The prime minister congratulated Russia on its development of the Sputnik-V vaccine and underscored Pakistan’s procurement plans in this regard.

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