Dr Maria Sultan holds meeting with Dr Abdul Rauf Rind

Islamabad: Dr Maria Sultan, Director General South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University held meeting with Dr. Abdul Rauf Rind Honorary Consul General of Pakistan St Petersburg and Leningrad Region Russia, Malik Sohail Hussain Secretary General US /Pakistan International Chamber, Pakistan Chapter and Dilawer Khan Pakistan Japan Business Forum.

The delegation visited SASSI head office to build up the institutes’ Pakistan and Russia engagement program and framework. Under this program Dr. Rauf will be spearheading series of webinars, conferences and exhibitions on Pakistan and Russia, for the promotion of the bilateral trade cooperation and strategic understanding with SASSI.

Sohail Hussain will be providing key support from the private sector as well as the relevant business councils and trade bodies. The meeting signifies the growing importance of Russia with Pakistan’s bilateral engagement. This also indicates the start of in-depth studies, political and economic advancements of the relationship between the two countries. Hopefully, the presence of industry, business council forums, St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region will bring in necessary culture and geostrategic collaboration between the Pakistan and Russia.

“We are also happy to share that both sides are working on a proposal that on the 23rd of March, St Peterburg’s historic bridges will be, for the first time in history, in 70 years will be lit with the colors of the Pakistani flag. A significant step forward in solidification of the positive relationship between the two countries,” said a news release.

SASSI aims to build up on a deeper and better strategic cooperation in presence of the private sector and business council members through this collaboration, to allow for the soft power bilateral cooperation from low end to high end policy frameworks and initiatives.