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Pakistan, Russia To Hold Talks on Afghan Peace Process

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia will hold talks in Moscow next week on a political settlement in Afghanistan.

According to the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times, country’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will visit Moscow for meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov on February 20.

Russian Foreign Ministry official Maria Zakharova was quoted, “We maintain an intensive political dialogue with Islamabad and maintain constructive interaction on international platforms, primarily, the UN.”

According to the regional source, foreign ministers have great hope from Russia and Pakistan might exchange thoughts on account of ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

China, Iran, Turkey and Central Asian states also support the idea of a peaceful solution to the Afghan problem,” he said.

Furthermore, the US feels like to use negative elements against Pakistan as it getting worse signals from Russia said Wazir.

“If the US harms Pakistan, we have the right to find other friends. Pakistan has already a good understanding with Russia on the issue of Afghanistan, said Wazir.”

“I think Pakistan is now on the path of strategic defiance against the US policies, Mohmand told Daily Times.

Besides China, Russia is also in the good books of Pakistan, said Wazir.

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