‘The news of PM’s participation in EEC Russia is speculative’ – FO clarifies

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From L: Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pose for a photo prior to a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Bishkek on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP)

 

  • The Foreign Office clarified that reports of Prime Minister Imran Khan visiting Russia to attend Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) are speculative.
  • Previously, the media sources reported that Khan has been invited at EEC exclusively by Russian president Putin. 
  • Russia later denied the news of inviting Pakistani PM. 
  • Foreign Office said that the reports are speculative.

The Foreign Office, on Tuesday, clarified that reports of Prime Minister Imran Khan visiting Russia to attend Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) as ‘speculative’. It was previously reported that Pakistan’s Prime Minister will attend the economic moot as he has been formally invited by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The news was later refuted by some international media sources, which said that no invitation has been sent out to Imran Khan. After the media reports from Pakistan caught their attention, Russia’s foreign ministry clarified it in a statement.

“We drew attention to the publications in a number of South Asian media that the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan was invited to the events of the Eastern Economic Forum (WEF-5) in Vladivostok (September 4-6, this year) as the guest of honor…”.


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It further added “We expect that the President of Mongolia H Battulga, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia M Mohammad and the Prime Minister of Japan S Abe will arrive in Vladivostok”.

Overall 3 Prime Ministers and one President will be attending the forum.

Pakistani Foreign Office calls PM’s participation in EEC Russia ‘speculative’:

However, the FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal took to his Twitter handle and brushed off the speculations in media as well. He added that both the countries are in contact about engagement at the highest level.

”Reports appearing in media about Prime Minister’s participation in Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia are speculative. Pakistan and Russia remain in contact about engagement at the highest level. Any announcement in this regard would be made formally at an appropriate time.”

 

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