Pakistan joins North-South Int’l Transport Corridor Following Putin’s Invitation

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Pakistan joins North-South Int’l Transport Corridor Following Putin’s Invitation

KHANTY-MANSIYSK, JUN 19: /DNA/ – Pakistan has accepted President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to join the North-South International Transport Corridor and has begun the process of accession, according to Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia, Muhammad Khalid Jamali.

“Referring to President Vladimir Putin’s State of the Union Address last year, where he invited Pakistan to join the International Transport Corridor, Pakistan in principle has agreed to join it and started the relevant procedure. We are heading towards that direction,” said Pakistan’s Ambassador H.E. Muhammad Khalid Jamali, while addressing the International IT-Forum, being held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on 18-19 June 2024.

The Ambassador highlighted the strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia, noting their cooperation on international platforms like the SCO and the UN. He added, “We have requested assistance from our Russian friends in joining the BRICS.”

Ambassador Jamali stated that Pakistan had successfully imported 1 million tons of Russian crude oil and expressed strong interest in securing a consistent supply of Russian oil and gas resources.

Agriculture was identified as another promising area for collaboration, given Pakistan’s agricultural base with 69% of its population engaged in the sector. “Collaboration in the sphere of agriculture is yet another promising area of cooperation between Pakistan and Russia, as Pakistan is an agricultural country with 69% of population engaged in it,” the Ambassador stated.

The revival of the Silk Route was emphasized with the successful shipment of Pakistani citrus fruits to Dagestan via Iran and Azerbaijan. “We are trying to revive the historic Silk Route. The first shipment of Pakistani citrus fruits has reached Dagestan via Iran and Azerbaijan. This new trade route signifies the potential for increased trade volume, which has already reached $1 billion, Ambassador Muhammad Khalid Jamali added.

The Ambassador further suggested that with Pakistan’s developed furniture industry and Russia’s abundant wood resources, the possibilities to consider wood exports from Russia to Pakistan could also be explored.

While acknowledging Russia’s strong education system, Ambassador Jamali further proposed that education is yet another important area of collaboration between our countries. “More Pakistani students could be facilitated to study at Russian universities. This move aligns with both countries’ desire for stronger people-to-people connections, as evidenced by the large Pakistani delegation attending the World Youth Forum in Sochi,” the Ambassador said.