Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, following felicitations from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Russian Embassy in Islamabad tweeted on Tuesday that President Putin congratulated PM Shehbaz and hoped that the new government would contribute to strengthening the bilateral relationship.
“President Putin congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on his election as prime minister of Pakistan and expressed hope that Sharif’s activities will contribute to the further development of Russia and Pakistan’s cooperation, partnership in the Afghan settlement and countering international terrorism,” said the tweet.
Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated PM Shehbaz and both the leaders exchanged gratitude and best wishes for each other through a number of tweets. Shehbaz said that Pakistan desired peaceful and cooperative ties with India. Reciprocating a felicitation message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shehbaz said in a tweet that the peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir, was indispensable.
He also stressed the need for securing peace and socio-economic development for the people in their respective countries.
“Thank you, Premier Narendra Modi, for felicitations. Pakistan desires peaceful & cooperative ties with India. Peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes including Jammu & Kashmir is indispensable. Pakistan’s sacrifices in fighting terrorism are well-known. Let’s secure peace and focus on socio-economic development of our people,” Shehbaz posted on his Twitter handle.