PM Nawaz to meet Putin in Tashkent

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FAISALABAD: Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov said on Monday that bilateral trade between Pakistan and Russia was far below than their huge potential and stressed for fully exploiting it.

Addressing a reception hosted in his honour by local business leaders, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was expected to have a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tashkent this year to remove bottlenecks hampering Pak-Russia bilateral trade.

He said that business communities of the both countries had to play their significant role in boosting bilateral trade, adding that the Russian government was fully convinced and was making conscious efforts for the promotion of social, cultural and people to people contacts, which would ultimately provide a strong base for enhancing trade ties between the two countries.

The Russian envoy said that Russian government had evolved a new strategy to support Pakistani businessmen and help them to start their business in Russia, which had a huge potential for re-export of their products to other Central Asian states.

Chenab Group of Industries Chairman Mian Muhammad Latif presented a briefing and said that Russian products were freely available in Pakistan. However, the Russian government should now facilitate Pakistani exporters to have direct access to their markets, he added.

Russian Embassy head of trade representation Yuri Kozlov, Russian Embassy first secretary Anton Chernov, Chenab Group of Industries Directors Dr Shahid Hassan and Mian Farhan Latif were also present on the occasion.

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