Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pipeline gas supply from Pakistan was possible and part of the necessary infrastructure was already in place, Russia’s new state agency said. RIA reported.
President Putin and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met Thursday on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The Prime Minister had earlier arrived in Samarkand for a two-day visit, accompanied by Finance Minister Miftah Ismail and Defense Minister Khawaja Asif. Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov received Prime Minister Shehbaz upon his arrival at the airport.
Next, the Prime Minister visited the Hazrat Khizar complex and the tomb of Islam Karimov in Samarkand.
In a tweet before his departure, the prime minister said global economic turmoil has necessitated greater cooperation among SCO member countries, adding that the vision of the SCO represents the aspirations of 40 percent of the population. world.
“Pakistan reiterates its commitment to the ‘Shanghai Spirit’. Mutual respect and trust can be the foundation for shared development and prosperity,” he said.
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The SCO has great potential to chart the way forward at a time of deeply worrying transformation in the geopolitical and geoeconomic spheres, Prime Minister Shehbaz said.
The SCO is made up of China, Russia, four Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – India and Pakistan. The CHS is the supreme authority of the OCS, which reflects on and defines the strategy, perspectives and priorities of the organization.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO) said SCO leaders will deliberate on important global and regional issues including climate change, food security, energy security and sustainable supply chains. .
“They would also approve agreements and documents that would chart the future direction of cooperation among SCO member states,” the statement said.
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Since becoming a full member of the SCO in 2017, Pakistan has actively contributed to advancing the core objectives of the organization through its participation in various mechanisms of the SCO, the FO said.
The PM will hold bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the CHS.
The main summit day will take place on Friday, but it is a meeting of Russian and Chinese leaders on Thursday that will be the most watched.
For Putin, the summit is a chance to show that Russia cannot be isolated internationally, at a time when Moscow’s forces are facing major setbacks on the battlefield in Ukraine.
For Xi – on his first trip abroad since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic – it’s a chance to cement his credentials as a global statesman ahead of a pivotal congress of the ruling Communist Party. in October.
And for both leaders, the summit will be an opportunity to thumb their noses at the West, especially the United States, which led the charge in imposing sanctions on Russia against Ukraine and provoked the Beijing’s anger with recent demonstrations of support for Taiwan.