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Nawaz, Putin meet on sidelines of SCO summit

ASTANA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Friday in Kazakhstan.

According to Geo News, the Russian leader congratulated Pakistan for becoming a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Both the leaders are in Kazakh capital to attend the 17th meeting of the Heads of the State Council summit.

The prime minister and the Russian President discussed issues of mutual interests and bilateral relations during the meeting that lasted for forty minutes.

Putin assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Russia would extend cooperation every field especially Islamabad’s war against terrorism.

Expressing gratitude to the member countries for supporting Pakistan’s permanent membership to the organization, PM Nawaz said it is a historic day for Pakistan to become the full member of the organization.

Prime minister’s advisor Sartaj Aziz, minister for commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan and minister of state for petroleum Jam Kamal are also accompanying the Prime Minister.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged greetings in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday evening ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit. Since this was the first meeting between the two leaders following Sharif’s heart surgery last year, Modi inquired about the Nawaz Sharif’s health, as well as asking him about his mother and family.