Pakistani media reports said that both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pak PM Shahbaz Sharif have quietly exchanged letters to each other. In this letter, both have expressed their desire to strengthen mutual cooperation. The exchange of letters between the two prominent leaders comes after the Imran Khan-led PTI government failed to pass a no-confidence motion. However, both sides stayed away from the media.
The Express Tribune quoted an official of Pakistan’s Foreign Office as saying that Putin wrote a letter to the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. In which he was congratulated on becoming the Prime Minister. Putin expressed his desire to strengthen cooperation between Russia and Pakistan. At the same time, the Pak PM mentioned common interests on bilateral cooperation in Afghanistan. Putin said he hoped that Shahbaz’s activities would contribute to the “further development of Pakistan-Russia cooperation and partner negotiations on the Afghan accord, as well as countering international terrorism”.
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The Embassy of Russia in Pakistan congratulated Shahbaz Sharif on his election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan by President Putin in a tweet. Pakistani media believe that the new government in Islamabad will seek to re-establish ties with the West, especially with the US, after the damage caused by former Imran Khan’s rhetorical statements. In such a situation, the exchange of letters between Russian President Putin and Pak PM is being considered very important.
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