Balochistan Governor met Russian Ambassador to Strengthen Ties
QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai met Russian Ambassador on Sunday stated that Pakistan and other countries in the region had no option but to cooperate with each other for peace and development in their region.
He met Russian Ambassador Alexey Dedou who called on him at the Governor House here on Sunday.
They discussed relations between Pakistan and Russia, the regional situation and other issues of bilateral interest.
The governor described the improvement in Pakistan-Russia ties as a good omen and expressed the hope that it would translate into bilateral collaboration in different sectors.
Mr Achakzai said that Russia was an emerging economic power that could help Pakistan in different sectors. He said the energy crisis being faced by Pakistan could be overcome with the cooperation of Russia.
Balochistan was rich in natural resources, particularly minerals, but lacked the resources for exploring and exploiting them, he said.
“We can utilise the resources for development of the province and prosperity of its people with the help and cooperation of developed countries like Russia,” the governor said.
He recalled that Russia had helped in establishing the Pakistan Steel Mills in Karachi.
The governor said that underdeveloped and developed countries would equally benefit from trade and economic activities in the region.
Ambassador Alexey Dedou stressed the need for further strengthening of the bilateral relations and expressed interest in helping overcoming the energy crisis in Pakistan and extending cooperation for exploration of mineral resources in Balochistan.
He said his country had developed good relations with Pakistan through the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation but more collaboration was needed between the two countries in different sectors.
The Russian diplomat praised the Zarb-e-Azb military operation against terrorists and said that Pakistan could play an important role in restoring peace and order in the region.
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