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Russian FM calls for restraint after Syrian firing into Turkey's territory

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 4, IRNA -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday expressed shock at the casualties in cross border shelling into Turkey by the Syrian forces and called for restraint.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rababni Khar, in Islamabad, Sergei Lavrov said Russia is in contact with its ambassador in Syria about the current development.

“Such incidents should not happen,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. He also expressed serious concern over what he called western interference in Syria and said that Russia condemns if sovereignty of any country is violated by others.

“We cannot close our eyes towards the other aspects of the Syrian problem,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. Both foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Syria, he said.

He supported Pakistan’s stand on the American drone strikes in the tribal regions when his attention was drawn to the issue during question-answer session.

“We support Pakistan's point of view on drone strikes,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. He lauded Pakistan's anti-terror efforts and said Russia will corporate Pakistan to end terrorism.

He also welcomed confidence building measures by Pakistan and India and hoped that both countries can resolve their problems peacefully and bilaterally.

Sergei Lavrov termed his talks with his Pakistani counterpart as positive and result oriented. He said Pak-Russia relations are very important in the perspective of regional and international scenario. He expressed gratitude to Pakistan for according a warm reception and hospitality.

The Russian Foreign Minister said that his country wants strong diplomatic relations with Pakistan

To a question about the postponement of the Russian President’s visit to Pakistan, he said the visit was postponed due to President Putin's pressing engagements at home. He said the Russian President had sent a letter to his Pakistani counterpart and explained the reasons and also expressed his desire to strengthen relations with Islamabd.

Russia signed 3 MoUs on expansion and modernization of Pakistan steel mills in the port city of Karachi, cooperation in Railway sector and energy field.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on the occasion that there is national consensus in Pakistan to strengthen relations in all fields with Russia.

She said on Thursday's talks with Russian Foreign Minister are opening of a new chapter of bilateral relations. She said they have held wide ranging talks on all aspects of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields including trade economy and energy.

The foreign minister said she has held fruitful and constructive talks with her Russian counterpart on further strengthening bilateral relations and defence issues.

She said, “We also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest including situation in Afghanistan”. She said both the countries have common interest of peace and stability in Afghanistan which is vital for whole region.

Ms. Khar again termed the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan as illegal and counterproductive and said both countries should to find legal ways and means to counter terrorism.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1029099

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