The decision for holding the strategic dialogue was taken at foreign secretary-level talks last year. The talks will be upgraded to the level of foreign minister, just like the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, a state-run media firm reported.
    
Both sides will take up issues like disarmament‚ counter-terrorism‚ drug trafficking and global security. They will also enhance cooperation in different fields and expand bilateral trade.
    
Russia has been supportive of Pakistan's efforts to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and helped the country obtain observer status in the grouping.

Islamabad supported Russia's bid to have observer status in the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation.
    
Pakistan has ongoing defence cooperation with Russia and is keen on bolstering it. Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani visited Moscow last year and the Russian Air Force chief also visited Islamabad earlier this month.
    
Both countries have been exploring prospects of enhanced bilateral cooperation through joint projects in areas like energy, power, railways, telecommunications and IT.
    
Russia, one of the world’s leading energy producers, has offered Pakistan collaboration in oil exploration and major transportation projects, a newspaper reported.

(Agencies)

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