ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Russian energy company Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller in Saint Petersburg to discuss gas projects with Pakistan, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

A foreign ministry statement said: “During his official visit to the Russian Federation from February 19 to February 22, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met Chairman Gazprom Alexey Miller in Saint Petersburg, on Thursday, 22 February. Ambassador of Pakistan to Russian Qazi M Khalilullah was also present in the meeting.”

It added: “Discussion during the meeting focused on implementation of inter-governmental agreements signed between Pakistan and Russia on import of LNG in October 2017 and North-South gas pipeline project in October 2015.”

Miller expressed keen interest in further strengthening cooperation with Pakistan in the field of energy.

Foreign Minister Asif and Chairman Miller agreed that Gazprom could play a pivotal role in enhancing trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and the Russian Federation, the statement said.