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Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow and Islamabad would boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding more joint exercises at sea and in the mountains.

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Sergey Lavrov’s two-day trip to Pakistan is the first visit by a Russian foreign minister in nine years, part of a warming in once frosty relations.

It comes as Moscow seeks to increase its stature in the region, particularly in Afghanistan, where it has sought to inject itself as a key player in accelerated efforts to find a peaceful end to decades of war.

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Qureshi, in his closing remarks, termed the visit of his Russian counterpart as “important”, adding that “It has taken place after almost a decade and we feel this visit will further deepen our bilateral relations and our friendship and we intend to maintain this momentum in our high-level contacts.”

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