ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Russia would be welcome to invest in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) or any other project on Tuesday.

In a video statement about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit, Qureshi said that PSM was founded with Russia’s technical and financial assistance and that Russia’s position in the entity’s revival might open up several opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The visit of a Russian foreign minister to Pakistan after nine years has been described as a “new and positive dimension” in bilateral relations, with talks focusing on strengthening economic, trade, and defense links.

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He said, “The two sides have also agreed to step forward with the Northern South Gas Pipeline project.”

He described Russia as a critical player in the area and expressed optimism that the talks would produce positive results in strengthening bilateral relations. He recalled that during Pakistan’s flour crisis, Russia assured wheat supply to help keep the commodity stable.

The Russian foreign minister will meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan during the two-day visit, while General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), will take part in delegation-level talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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