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Russia, Pakistan Hold 'Strategic Dialogue'

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani
Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani
Officials from Russia and Pakistan are wrapping up a two-day "strategic dialogue" in Moscow on August 29.

Media reports from Pakistan say Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani is leading his country's delegation in the talks, with topics ranging from economic, political, and defense cooperation to regional and international security issues.

Commentators say the talks mark a high point in bilateral ties after years of frosty relations.

Russia has been supportive of Pakistan becoming a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and helped Pakistan obtain observer status in the organization.

For its part, Islamabad backed Russia's bid to gain observer status in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Defense ties between the two nations are also closer.

Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kiyani visited Moscow last year and the Russian Air Force chief visited Pakistan earlier this month.

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