Russia, Pakistan for enhanced cooperation against terrorism

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday assured his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani of Moscow`s full support to Islamabad in combating terrorism.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 19:04 PM IST

Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin on Thursday assured his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza
Gilani of Moscow`s full support to Islamabad in combating
terrorism.

"Without any conditions, here we are your allies in
the full sense of the word," Putin was quoted by ITAR-TASS as
telling to Gilani during a meeting in Dushanbe.
Putin and Gilani were meeting on the sidelines of
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) prime ministerial meet
in the Tajik capital.

Along with India, Iran and Mongolia, Pakistan has an
observer status in the Russia-China-led Central Asian group
and is lobbying for full membership.

With growing New Delhi, Washington bonhomie Moscow is
pushing for closer ties with Islamabad and unlike US President
Barack Obama, the Russian leaders have refrained from
criticising Pakistan for any slackness in anti-terror combat.

Quadripartite Russia-Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan
summits have acquired a regular feature as part of Moscow`s
efforts to work for a new security calculus after the eventual
withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

Gilani on his part assured Putin that Islamabad will
spare no efforts in war on terror and extremism.
He underscored that Pakistan itself was suffering
heavy casualties in this combat.

During the meeting, Putin also noted Moscow`s interest
in developing economic cooperation with Islamabad and
willingness of the Russian companies in investing in the South
Asian nation.

PTI