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Event Title: Senator Vladimir A.Chizhov, Chairman of The Russia-Pakistan Friendship Group at The Russian Federal Council/International Observer for Pakistan General Elections 2024 Calling on Deputy Chairman Senate, Mirza Muhammad Afridi at Parliament House Islamabad

Event Date: 2024-02-07

The Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Mirza Mohammad Afridi, along with a delegation of Senators, including Senator Fawzia Arshad and Danesh Kumar, hosted Senator Vladimir Chizhov and his team at the Parliament House on Wednesday. Deputy Chairman Afridi welcomed the delegate as the International Observer for the General Elections 2024, emphasizing Pakistan's high regard for its relations with the Russian Federation. He conveyed warm wishes on behalf of Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to the speakers of both houses of the Russian Federation.

Acknowledging Russia's support on Kashmir and Palestine issues, Deputy Chairman Afridi expressed Pakistan's desire for a long-term, multidimensional partnership with Russia in areas such as trade , agriculture ,food security, energy, defense, and people-to-people contacts. He highlighted the need for Russian assistance in attracting investment to Pakistan under the newly launched Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).

In addition, Senator Vladimir A. Chizhov, serving as the International Observer for Pakistan's General Elections 2024, extended sincere wishes to the people of Pakistan for a free and transparent electoral process. Leader of the delegation Mr.  Chizhov looked forward to witnessing a successful and inclusive electoral process that reflects the will of the citizens and upholds the principles of democracy.

Deputy Chairman Senate observed that Pakistan and Russia share a lot of commonalities and desire to have a strong institutional linkages, inter-parliamentary relations and people to people contact to further deepen mutual cooperation.

Senators Fawzia Arshad and Danesh Kumar also turned ties with Russia historic calling for strong multilateral contacts.

The delegation thanked deputy chairman senate for hospitality. " We have a lot in common for future development" , members of the Russian delegation said. Both sides called for boosting parliamentary exchanges and exploring opportunities for cooperation in diverse sectoes. Both the dignitaries exchanged warm souvenirs with each other.