Pakistan, Russia Continue To Discuss Defense Cooperation Despite Moscow’s Snub To Islamabad

Pakistan and Russia at the second round of Joint Military Consultative Committee in Moscow discussed defense cooperation. The Pakistani delegation was led by Defense Secretary Ikram-ul-Haq while Russian side by Deputy Defense Minister Alexander V Fomin.

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The two sides exchanged views on regional security besides holding in-depth discussions on exploring and identifying areas of mutual cooperation including military training, joint exercises, intelligence cooperation and issues relating to defence industrial cooperation.

They agreed to ensure effective follow-up and implementation of the decisions taken during the meeting.

The two sides expressed the hope that the joint military consultative committee would play a vital role in enhancing defence cooperation. They agreed to hold the third round of the consultative committee next year in Pakistan.

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Earlier,  Pakistan reached out to Moscow before the UNSC meeting over Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi contacted his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, but received a cold response wrapped and Moscow stated – tensions need be de-escalated and the Kashmir issue must be resolved through bilateral talks. In the telephone conversation, he stated that Russia’s representative at the UN would also adhere to this consistent position.