Imran Khan not invited to Eastern Economic Forum: Russia

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MOSCOW: Russia has refuted Pakistan media reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been invited to the Eastern Economic Forum.

The clarification by the Russian Foreign Ministry came following reports in Pakistan media that an invite was extended by Russian President Vladimir Putin to PM Khan during the Shanghai cooperation organization summit in Bishkek.

The two leaders held an informal meeting on the sidelines of the 19th meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.

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Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement said,”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 honour. We would like to give some explanations in this regard…”

“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.”

The forum meeting that began in 2015 aims to garner investment in Russia’s far east region. It will happen in the port city of Vladivostok.

Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal termed the reports as speculative.

“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 appropriate time,” the spokesman tweeted.