Russia and Pakistan should work together to fight terrorism, President Dmitry Medvedev said during the talks with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in Moscow.
"Russia and Pakistan seea stable development of their bilateral economic and social relation". Mr Medvedev said.
Pakistan has invited Russia to use its access to “southern seas”.
This came in a statement by the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on the eve of his visit to Moscow, due in May. According to him, such a move would contribute to economic prosperity of both countries.
The Pakistani President said that Moscow and Islamabad have so far failed to use their potential for economic cooperation to the full and voiced hope that the forthcoming talks with the Russian leaders would provide a fresh impulse for bilateral relations.
President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said Russia can invest in regional and trans-regional projects while taking benefit from Pakistan’s strategic location. Speaking at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management here, he said both Pakistan and Russia share the common objectives of peace and development and therefore it will be natural for the two countries to cooperate for these goals.
President Zardari said, “Our two countries need to expand and diversify their economic cooperation by engaging the corporate sectors. People to people contacts have its own dynamics to promote relations between countries.”According to the prepared text of speech, the President said involving private entrepreneurs of the two countries is the key to enhancing cooperation.
Referring to the first official visit to Russia of any Pakistani President in more than 30 years, President Zardari said “for too long our two peoples had been kept at some distance.”
He said bilateral relations between Pakistan and the then Soviet Union during the Cold War period were not warm.
“But the Cold War is now long over. The world has changed and is changing fast. And so are our two countries. We should not and cannot remain frozen in time.”
He said, “We have therefore decided to turn a new page in Pakistan-Russia relations. My visit is driven by this decision.” He said great opportunities await to be exploited for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
There are opportunities to be explored in diverse fields including energy, infrastructure development, science and technology and agriculture. Both countries can mutually benefit from cooperation in these areas, he noted.
“We plan to establish Information Technology Campuses in over 100 districts in Pakistan. This is an area where your School can collaborate to mutual benefit.”
He said Pakistan is passing through a phase of militancy and extremism but it has a strong resolve to fight terrorism “The pain inflicted on us by militancy has not weakened our resolve to fight it. We will fight militancy to the finish, no matter what the cost. Russia, too, is facing terrorism,” he observed.
Calling Pakistan and Russia natural partners in the fight against terrorism, President Zardari said, “We can learn from each other’s experiences and join hands to promote peace and stability in our region.” He underlined the need to cooperate in the fight against drug-trafficking and other organized crimes.
Pakistan and Russia have every reason to get closer together in the interest of people of the region, he said adding, “We need to engage our two peoples belonging to all walks of life to build a strong Pakistan-Russia relationship.” He said relationship of Pakistan and Russia is important for peace and development of the whole region and beyond.
“I am confident that together we will contribute towards this relationship.”