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Gas supplies to Pakistan possible: Russian President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that pipeline gas deliveries to Pakistan were feasible and that the required equipment was already in place.

According to Russian state-owned news agency RIA, on Thursday, Putin spoke with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

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PM Shehbaz arrived in Samarkand on a two-day visit where he is scheduled to attend the 22nd annual meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO.

The PM was accompanied by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, and Defence Minister Khwaja Asif.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was welcomed by the premier of Uzbekistan Abdullah Aripov.

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The prime minister met the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on the first day of his two-day visit, on the sidelines of the SCO summit, to address topics of common concern.

The meeting’s main goal was to improve Pak-Uzbek relations in a variety of areas for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries.

The PM also met with Tajikistan’s President Emamoli Rahmon.

According to Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, “Both leaders agreed to bolster and expand the scope of mutually beneficial fraternal ties.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also met President of Iran H.E Ebrahim Raisi in a bilateral meeting.

PM Shehbaz is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov.

However, there is no plan to meet his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.



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