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Bilateral Meeting Between The Speaker National Assembly Of Pakistan And Chairman State Duma Of The Russian Federation
Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

Islamabad: December 5, 2017; On the sidelines of the International Conference on “Parliamentarians Against Drugs” organized in Moscow on 3-4 December 2017, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly held a bilateral meeting with the Chairman Duma of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav Voldon on 4 December. Ambassador of Pakistan to the Russian Federation Mr. Qazi Khalilullah and DGPR National Assembly Mr. Anwar Sial also attended the meeting.

Speaker National Assembly conveyed Pakistan’s appreciation to State Duma for taking the initiative to host the first International Conference on “Parliamentarians Against Drugs”. Chairman State Duma expressed appreciation for high level participation from Pakistan in the Conference.

Both sides noted that, despite the efforts of the international community, drug problem continued to pose a serious challenge. They expressed concern that drug money was funding terrorism in the region and beyond. Concern was also expressed at the increasing levels of opium poppy production in Afghanistan.  It was emphasized that drug production and trafficking also effected neighboring and transit countries.

The two Speakers expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of bilateral relations, which had enhanced significantly in recent years. They underlined that Parliamentary diplomacy had played a significant role in the deepening of cooperation between Pakistan and Russia in various field of mutual interest.

Mr. Volodin said that he was looking forward to his visit to Pakistan to participate in the regional conference on “Challenges of Terrorism and inter- Regional Connectivity” to be held in Islamabad later this month.