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Strengthening of Parliamentary Linkages Would Bring Pakistan and Russia More Closer: NA Speaker
Sunday, 24th December, 2017

Islamabad; December 24, 2017; The Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has stressed the need for regular interaction between the political and parliamentary leadership to build the bridges of understanding and friendship. He expressed these views while talking to the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav V. Volodin in the sideline meeting during Speakers’ Conference held in Islamabad today. The convener of Pak-Russia Friendship Group in National Assembly, Ms. Marvi Memon was also present on the occasion.

While talking with his Russian counterpart, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan considers Russia a valuable friend who has been partner in economic and infrastructure development in Pakistan. He said that constant engagement from either side has added depth to the existing relations. “Pakistan and Russia not only share the same Continent but also the same values of democracy and human freedom, therefore, both the nations need to take their bilateral relation to new heights” the Speaker said.

He said that Pakistan values its relations with Russia and wants to diversify them through parliamentary, people-to-people and economic ties. He said that joint efforts by the both countries are needed for regional peace and progress. The menace of terrorism has been impeding the collective progress of this region and it can be overcome through in exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences, he added. Speaker said that illicit drug trade has largely remained unchecked and throbbed as the major source of terror financing. He underlined the need for collective efforts to control poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in region.

Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav V. Volodin congratulated the Speaker to hold a conference in Pakistan devoted to connectivity and fight against terrorism with the participation of Iran, China, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan.He also appreciated the best arrangements made in connection with Speakers’ Conference.

Russian Chairman stated that Pak-Russia cooperation is highly central for tackling regional challenges including terrorism, drug trafficking and regional stability. He added that drug trafficking was a major threat and needed joint efforts in this regard to save the future of our coming generations. He said that Russia attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and assured that Russia is ready to assist Pakistan in diverse fields including agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, defense and education. He underlined the need for diversification of bilateral relations and effective collaboration on various international forums.He informed the Speaker that Russian legislature also keen to cement its ties with Parliament of Pakistan.  He thanked the Speaker for warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in Islamabad.