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Putin Invites Imran To Eastern Economic Forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to a key economic conference in September, The Express Tribune reported.

The prime minister is learnt to have accepted Putin’s invitation to attend the Eastern Economic Forum scheduled to be held from Sept 4 to 6 in Vladivostok.

The EEF was established by a presidential decree in 2015. It takes place every year in the same city. It serves as a platform for discussion on important issues in global economy, regional integration, and development of new industrial and technological sectors, as well as of the global challenges facing Russia and other nations.

The invitation to Imran to attend EEF shows that Islamabad and Moscow have buried the bitter past to usher in a new era of friendship and cooperation.

Last month, the prime minister met President Putin on the margins of a summit meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

In June, the premier said Islamabad is hopeful of increasing military ties with Moscow.

In May, a Russian diplomat in Islamabad said that Pakistan is an important partner for Russia with its significance determined by its role in regional politics, its influence in the Muslim world and its geostrategic position.

 

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