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    Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah said that Moscow and Islamabad will increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow and Islamabad will increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the energy and defense industries, Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah said Monday at a gala evening held to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence from the then-British Empire.

    "The government and the people of Pakistan pay great importance to relations with the Russian Federation and wish to further deepen cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Pakistan-Russian relations are characterized by mutual trust and a convergence of views on important regional and international issues, like security and counterterrorism. Our countries … will continue to cooperate in the fields of energy, industry and infrastructure development," Khalilullah said.

    Khalilullah noted that a Pakistani delegation would take part in the Army 2017 exhibition in Russia to explore the further enhancement of defense industry cooperation between Russia and Pakistan.

    The Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum, slated for August 22-27, will be held in the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center, Kubinka airfield and Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region. The event will include a scientific and business program, as well as an exposition demonstrating the latest high-tech military achievements.

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