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New Pak-Russia Relationship

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said here on Friday (20th of Jan 2023) that the 8th Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) would lay foundation of a ‘new relationship’ between Russia and Pakistan in different sectors including energy, economy, trade, technology, education and B-2-B transactions.

Addressing a press conference at the conclusion of the three-day IGC meeting, the federal minister said during these days subjects of mutual interests had been discussed, ranging from rail transportation, food security, aviation, education, oil and gas, natural resources, finance, opening of financial arrangements between the two countries and many other subjects.

He said “a few agreements of mutual cooperation would be signed and some of them were in the pipeline.”Follow up of these developments is going to be a key factor in implementation of these projects.”

The minister also expressed gratitude for Russian government for agreeing to suspend debt service for Pakistan during this critical time.

He also appreciated international community for helping the affected communities [affected by recent floods] of Pakistan. However, much more was needed to be done for rehabilitation of the people, he added.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.