ISLAMABAD, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday told Pakistan's top national security adviser Sartaj Aziz that his country is keen to expand its relations with Pakistan as close cooperation would help in building stability in the region, the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said.
Aziz, who is also looking after Pakistan's foreign affairs, said in his response there is a consensus in Pakistan for improving relations with Russia.
Pakistan and Russia had been rivals of the cold-war era however a substantial improvement in relations has been witnessed in recent years.
"Both the leaders agreed that the positive role of recent and forthcoming high level exchanges between the two countries would help in moving forward this objective," the Foreign Ministry said.
The two leaders agreed that there was considerable scope for cooperation in the field of energy since Pakistan has a very large scale program to overcome its energy crisis and many Russian companies were keen to participate in this program.
The Russian foreign minister welcomed Pakistani prime minister' s recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed the hope that constructive dialogue and improved relations between the two countries would be beneficial for the security and stability of the region.
They agreed that the forthcoming summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe in September would provide a useful opportunity for discussing the emerging situation in the post-2014 Afghanistan.
Lavrov said that Russia fully supported Pakistan's entry into SCO as a full member, the Foreign Ministry statement said.
Both sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan, cooperation in the efforts against extremism and terrorism, drugs control and situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, the statement said.