The News – Russia’s foreign minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day visit expected to focus on efforts to bring peace to neighbouring Afghanistan.
Sergey Lavrov’s visit comes as a May 1 deadline for US troops to leave Afghanistan in line with a deal Washington signed a year ago with the Taliban seems increasing.ly unlikely.
“A common concern is the situation in Afghanistan,” said a Russian Foreign Ministry statement, according to international media reports.
Lavrov heads a 13-member delegation that includes Moscow’s special representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov.
The Russian ministry statement said the visit will also focus on bilateral trade, which last year was nearly $800 million, a lot of that in Russian wheat.