Foreign minister visits Moscow on invitation of Russian counterpart

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif is visiting Moscow at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation from February 19 to 22, stated a press release by the Foreign Office.
During his stay in Moscow, the foreign minister will be holding official talks with his Russian counterpart. The two sides will deliberate upon the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The visit is expected to provide opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Russia in political, economic, trade and investment, defence, education and cultural fields.
Relations between the two countries have been growing steadily in all fields. Regular high level exchanges between the two countries in the last few years is a manifestation of mutual desire of both sides for translating political good will into a substantive and multidimensional partnership. The two countries are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
The two foreign ministers earlier met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York in September 2017.