PM Imran Khan lauds Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks against Islamophobia

Both leaders discuss bilateral ties, regional and international issues over telephone call

Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin over his remarks that freedom of speech could not be misused in order to abuse and insult Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In a tweet, PM Khan said that he spoke to the Russian President over the phone to thank him for his statement. He added that Putin was the first western leader that has shown “empathy and sensitivity to Muslim sentiment for their beloved Prophet PBUH”.

According to a press release regarding the telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed ways to increase bilateral cooperation. It added that the pair also touched upon regional and international matters of mutual interest.

The press release added that the prime minister maintained that he had been regularly highlighting the increase in Islamophobia to the United Nations. The premier said that relations with Russia were on the upward trajectory focusing on trade and energy cooperation.

PM Khan reiterated that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was vital for regional peace. He added that Afghanistan was in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and needed the support of the international community.

Both leaders agreed to further enhance bilateral ties, high-level exchanges and remain in close touch regarding Afghanistan.