NEW YORK – Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has held meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New York.

During the meeting, they discussed mutual efforts for strengthening of bilateral relations and the prevailing international and regional security situation.

Khawaja Asif expressed Pakistan’s desire for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia in diverse fields. He emphasized the need for promoting trade and economic cooperation.

Lavrov suggested that the forthcoming Intergovernmental Commission should explore concrete measures for enhancing trade, investment and energy connectivity between Russia and Pakistan.

The two leaders also had in-depth discussion on the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Pakistan considers SAARC an important platform for organizing a collective response to regional challenges.

Speaking at the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York, he said this is particularly important for region’s development needs.

The meeting was hosted and chaired by the Foreign Minister of Nepal.