ISLAMABAD: Prime minister Imran Khan is to visit Russia at the end of this month, becoming the first Pakistani leader to visit the former superpower in 23 years.
PM Khan’s visit to Russia this month is taking place on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation of senior ministers from his cabinet. Sources say that details of this visit will be released in due course of time by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prime Minister Khan is expected to discuss bilateral ties, the Afghan situation, defence cooperation, the north-south gas pipeline project, and other subjects of mutual interest with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with him.
PM Imran and Russian President Putin have exchanged multiple telephone calls in recent times as well.
Last month, Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and lauded his statement on blasphemy. “I welcome President Putin’s statement which reaffirms my message that insulting our Holy Prophet PBUH is not freedom of expression. We Muslims, specifically Muslim leaders, must spread this message to leaders of the non-Muslim world to counter Islamophobia,” the prime minister tweeted.