ISLAMABAD:Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has underscored the positive momentum in Pakistan-Russia relations and the mutual desire to expand cooperation in various fields, including trade, economy, security, defense, culture, education, and people-to-people contacts.

He was addressing members of the Russian Federation Council during the Plenary Session in Moscow on Wednesday, according to a Radio Pakistan’s report.

Emphasizing the historical ties and the prospects of enhancing bilateral relations between Islamabad and Moscow, the Chairman Senate expressed confidence that the evolving global landscape would further strengthen bilateral ties and open new avenues of cooperation.

He said Pakistani business community has shown significant interest in expanding trade relations with Russia. Acknowledging the significance of parliamentary friendship groups in Pakistan and Russia, Chairman Senate appreciated the personal role of Speaker of the Council of the Russian Federation Madam Valentina Matviyenko in revitalizing Pakistan-Russia relations.

He called for regular, open, and constructive dialogue between parliaments worldwide to foster a deeper understanding among nations. He emphasized the vital role of parliamentary cooperation and effective diplomacy in strengthening bilateral relations and resolving regional and international issues.

He stressed for a proactive role of the Pakistani parliament in finding innovative solutions to global challenges such as economic recession, pandemics, climate change, Islamophobia, extremism, and transnational terrorism.

Besides, Chairman Senate expressed gratitude for President Putin's support in developing Pakistan-Russia relations and acknowledged his mention of Pakistan in the context of trade connectivity.

He highlighted the recent inauguration of a commercial shipping service between Pakistan and Russia, which signifies the potential for bilateral investment, economic growth, job creation, and technological advancement.

Sadiq Sanjrani emphasized the shared world view between Pakistan and Russia, emphasizing the UN Charter and adherence to international law as the basis for contemporary international relations.

He appreciated President Putin's stance against the desecration of holy personalities and burning of holy books. He extended a special invitation to Madam Valentina Matviyenko to visit Pakistan.

He concluded by reaffirming the commitment to further augment, consolidate, deepen, and broaden the friendship between Pakistan and Russia, paving the way for a more peaceful, prosperous, and interconnected world.