Russian envoy calls on Federal Minister

Islamabad, June 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): “Pakistan intends to strengthen its relation in political, economic and humanitarian spheres with Russia” said by the Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada while talking to Russian Ambassador Mr. Budnik here today.

Since President Asif Ali Zardari is visiting Russia, the Russian Ambassador called on Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada to discuss all the proposals and working papers that are expected to be signed or discussed in Russia to make the visit constructive, result oriented and fruitful.

Federal Minister emphasized on strengthening of bilateral relations in political, economic and humanitarian sphere between the two countries. The Minister said that Russian is an important country in the region and we would like to cement our existing relations in all spectrums of life.

Russian Ambassador said that as there is no counter part of this Ministry in Russian system, therefore, they will ask for Education Minister to coordinate with Federal Minister of Professional and Technical Training.

Russian Ambassador also promised to help in Vocational Education Training, establishment of Vocational Training Institution in Pakistan and offered scholarships for graduates and these proposals will be finalized in the up coming summit of Inter Governmental Commission in August in Pakistan. Moreover, Russian Ambassador received the working paper from the Federal Minister to extend their expertise in coal reserves of Sindh Oil Drilling and mining sectors.

Russian Ambassador said that the President of Russia is expected to visit Pakistan next year so they are very keen to make relationships stronger by exchanging expertise, and work in corporate sector, energy and trade sector, education, science and technology sector.

Federal Secretary Qamar Zaman Ch. who also attended the meeting informed Russian Ambassador that Ministry of Professional and Technical Training, Foreign Office, Ministry of Science and Technology, will coordinate with one another to prepare working paper for upcoming Inter Governmental Commission that is the best forum to strengthen the bilateral relation of both countries.

Federal Secretary also requested the Russian Ambassador to participate in progressive and developmental work of rural areas at the platform of Afro Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for which AARDO is willing and asking Pakistan to collaborate with Russian and Central Asian Republic State in this context. Russian Ambassador Promised to discuss the matter with his government.

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