Pakistan Allows Russia to Use Gwadar Port for Exports

© AP Photo / Anjum NaveedPakistan Navy soldiers patrol in Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 11, 2016
Pakistan Navy soldiers patrol in Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 11, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Pakistani authorities have approved the use of the Gwadar port by Russia for the exports as Moscow showed its willingness to be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to The News International portal, Head of the Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov has recently made a visit to Islamabad, where he met with senior Pakistani intelligence and defense officials. During the meeting, Bortnikov made the request, according to which Russia would like to join the economic corridor between Pakistan and China.

A Pakistan Navy soldier stands guard while a loaded Chinese ship prepares to depart, at Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Karachi. Pakistan, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. - Sputnik International
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In the wake of the request, the Pakistani authorities welcomed Moscow's desire to engage in the CPEC, as well as to develop strategic defense ties with Pakistan.

According to the news portal, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that many countries wanted to join the CPEC, and half of the world population would benefit from the project. He spoke after the visit to Turkmenistan, which also expressed desire to join the CPEC.

The Gwadar port features prominently in CPEC plan, and is considered to be a crucial link between the Chinese inititives, in particular, One Belt, One Road and Maritime Silk Road projects.

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