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ISLAMABAD, October 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Pakistan on October 3-4. He will discuss with the leadership of the Islamic Republic ways to intensify the bilateral relations and prospects for the Afghan internal settlement, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan reported on Tuesday.
Sergei Lavrov will stay in Islamabad at the invitation of Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The visit program includes meetings with Pakistani President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, as well as other representatives of the authorities of the South Asian nation.
“We pay great attention to the development of our bilateral cooperation (with Russia), including in the trade and energy sphere,” an official of the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said in an interview with journalists.
According to him, the forthcoming visit of the Russian foreign Minister is a great opportunity for building up the bilateral cooperation tempo between the two countries.
“Ways to intensify the business and political ties between Pakistan and Russia, as well as the status and prospects of a political settlement in Afghanistan will be the main topics to be discussed by Sergei Lavrov and his Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad,” the Pakistani newspaper Tribune reported on Tuesday with reference to a source in the country’s Foreign Ministry. “It is obvious that the Pakistani authorities have been recently trying to find an effective way to solve the Afghan problem, other than offered by the US administration, and this is one of the factors prompting official Islamabad to seek ways of political rapprochement with Moscow.”