May 28, 2022

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Pakistan PM calls for lifting anti-Iran sanctions ahead of state visit to Russia

Imran Khan made the remarks during an exclusive interview with a Russian Television ahead of his visit to Moscow.

According to Foreign Ministry statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a two-day visit to Russia from February 23 at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

“The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the cabinet. The bilateral summit will be the highlight of the visit,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan during the interview said his country desires trading relations with all regional states, including the Central Asian republics and Iran, without becoming part of any bloc.

He said unfortunately the US sanctions have affected our trade with other countries, especially Iran.

Stressing on stronger ties with China and Russia, the premier said Pakistan wants to strengthen bilateral relations with Russia and that he looks forward to his Moscow visit.

He said we want to develop trade with Iran which is the energy hub and the lifting of sanctions on Iran will also help Pakistan get the cheapest gas from the neighboring country.

He added Pakistan is a gas deficient country and “we are seeking the Russian investment in this regard, but our North-South Gas pipeline with Russia has suffered a delay because of the US sanctions on the Russian company but we were negotiating for the construction of the pipeline.

He hoped for peaceful resolution of Ukraine issue. He reiterated the military conflicts do not solve the problems.


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