Medvedev, Pakistani president to meet in Moscow

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in Moscow on Thursday to discuss bilateral and international relations, the Kremlin reported.

The two leaders’ talks, held as part of Zardari’s four-day visit agenda, will in particular touch upon the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking in Central and South Asia.

The talks will culminate in the adoption of a joint statement, which will stress the mutual trade cooperation potential. Bilateral trade totaled $362.7 million in 2010, down from $615.6mn in 2008.

Medvedev and Zardari are also expected to sign a number of bilateral documents – an intergovernmental agreement on air links and interdepartmental memorandums on energy and agriculture.

In September 2010 the two countries outlined specific bilateral and regional projects in the spheres of transport, energy, metalworking and high technology.

The projects include rail monopoly Russian Railways’ prospective construction of railroad infrastructure in Pakistan, Russian companies’ planned participation in upgrading a metallurgical plant, as well as energy giant Gazprom joining the work to develop oil and gas fields in the country.


MOSCOW, May 12 (RIA Novosti)

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