Islamabad (Liberal Tribune) – Foreign Office speaker Dr. Mohammad Faisal on Tuesday termed details concerning Prime Minister Imran Khan participation in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia as “speculative”.
PM Imran’s Russia visit ‘speculative’
Taking to Twitter, Dr. Faisal said Russia and Pakistan stay in connection about engagement at the maximum level.
“Any statement in this respect would be made formally at [the] suitable time,” he wrote.
Sources in the FO had on Saturday spoke that Prime Minister Imran would join the EEF conference in Russia in September on the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The invitation was stretched by President Putin through the lately-held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conference that both leaders had joined, the sources had said.
Following the rumors, though, Indian media open quoted diplomatic cradles as saying that the Russian overseas ministry had given notice information that PM Imran had been asked for the forum in September, But the Economic Times published Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.
It was not sure whether the FO spokesman was naming the news in the Indian media as national or those printed by the Pakistani media, or equally.
His report arises as Prime Minister Imran is planned to meet US President Donald Trump on July 22 throughout an official working trip to Washington.
EEF is a worldwide medium held every year since 2015 in September, in Vladivostok, Russia. The forum pursues to inspire foreign investment in the Russian Far East.
Pakistan and Russia have both been on the equal page concerning carrying long-term peace to Afghanistan.
In December 2018, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stayed Russia during a whirlwind four-nation trip.