Russia has shown interest in exploration of oil and gas in Pakistan.
This was stated by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural resources Dr Asim Hussain, here on Saturday.
He further said that the Russians were willing to explore oil and gas in Pakistan.
The Minister said they had also evinced interest in the different pipelines that are being laid.
He was of the view that there should be road linkage with Russia so that our economy could improve and the bilateral trade could be promoted.
Dr Asim said, "We are also considering the rail and road link with Russia that would be through Afghanistan into Russia." He stated that Russians had also showed interest in the Iran-Pakistan pipeline.
Earlier, Sukhoi Superjet `SSJ 100' aircraft performed a `roadshow' at Karachi Airport on Saturday.
The Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr Asim Hussain, was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Chairman of the Board of investment (BoI), Saleem H.
Mandviwalla, Managing Director of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman (Retd), Managing Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Captain Nadeem Khan Yousufzai, were also present on the occasion.
It was pointed out that the Sukhoi aircraft is here at the invitation of Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
In his speech, the chief guest Dr Asim Hussain, termed the event as a historic moment and that the event symbolises friendship between Pakistan and Russia.
He said that he (Dr Asim) was in the team when the Prime Minister of Pakistan met with Russian President Putin introduced this aircraft (Sukhoi) to us.
Dr Asim said that this aircraft has been developed in collaboration with the Boeing and Airbus.
He also pointed out that the aviation is an important industry in Pakistan.
The Minister pointed out that the present government in Pakistan under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari has embarked on a journey of building a strong relationship with the Russian Federation.
He said that Pakistan and Russia are keen to develop bilateral trade and investment and enhance ties.
Dr Asim pointed out that today's event is a testimony of the growing ties between the two countries.
He said that the rail and road network would also be developed for enhancing the bilateral trade also.
The Chairman of the BoI, Saleem H.
Mandviwalla, presented the welcome address.
A representative of the Sukhoi Aviation, Igor Syrtsov, shed light on various features of the aircraft.
He further pointed out that Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern 100- seat jet.
Igor was of the view that the recent European certification confirmed full compliance of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 with stringent safety requirements.
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