08:30 GMT17 June 2021
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    ISLAMABAD (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told Sputnik in an interview that he was hoping to come to Russia for an official visit and felt it was important that the two countries "move closer."

    "I hope to go and visit Russia on an official visit, I look forward to that. I just feel that it is important now that Russia and Pakistan move closer," Khan said.

    The Pakistani prime minister added that he had only been to Russia once, "a long time ago."

    Pakistan wants to buy weapons from Russia and is already in contact with the Russian military regarding the matter, Imran Khan said.

    "Yes, we are looking for arms from Russia, and I know our military is already in touch with the Russian military," Khan said.

    The prime minister remarked that Pakistan was hoping for tensions with India to decrease first.

    "First, we hope that our tension with India decreases, so we do not have to buy arms because we want to spend money on human development," Khan said.

    Islamabad is hoping to send trade delegations to Russia and plans to invite Russian delegations to Pakistan to explore investment opportunities, Imran Khan added.

    "We hope our trade delegations will soon go to Russia. We will invite Russian trade delegations here, get them opportunities to invest in Pakistan. I do believe that there is a Russian steel company, which is looking to invest in our steel mill in Karachi. In fact it was made by Russia," Khan said.

    Pakistan is getting closer to establishing visa-free travel with Russia, Imran Khan stressed.

    "Pakistan is going in this direction," Khan said, when asked if it was possible for Russia and Pakistan to get a visa-free regime in the future.

    "Seventy countries will now be able to get a visa at the airport. Previously we did not have this agreement with anyone, but now we are opening up Pakistan for tourism, for investment, and we feel that we want to make it easier for countries to come and get a visa. There are seventy countries — and Russia is included in this [list of] countries — who can come, the Russians can come and get a visa at the airport," the prime minister went on to say.


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