PM-Putin held talk

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephonic conversation on Wednesday exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations.

The Prime Minister, who received a telephone call from the President of Russian Federation, stressed that a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was vitally important for Pakistan and regional stability.

According to Russian President office press release, when discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the importance of maintaining peace, security and the prevention of violence in the country, the establishm-ent of an inter-Afghan dialogue, which would contr-ibute to the formation of an inclusive government that takes into account the interests of all groups of the po-pulation, was emphasized.

It was agreed to coordinate approaches to Afghan problems both in bilateral and multilateral formats.

At the same time, the expediency of using the capabilities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in ensuring regional stability, as well as combating terrorism and the drug threat, was noted.

A number of topics on the bilateral agenda were touched upon, including the development of trade and economic ties and the implementation of joint projects in the energy and humanitarian fields.