LEAD: Pakistan and Russia to cooperate on antiterrorism

LEAD: Pakistan and Russia to cooperate on antiterrorism

ISLAMABAD Sept. 26 Kyodo

Pakistan and Russia agreed on Tuesday to cooperate on anti-terrorism, narcotics control and illegal immigration, the Pakistani Interior Ministry said.

Ministry officials said the two countries will sign a formal agreement during a forthcoming visit of Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo to Pakistan.

The decision to cooperate in these fields was taken at a meeting between Pakistani Interior Minister Moin Uddin Haider and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy Sergey Yastrzhembsky.

Yastrzhembsky, who carried a personal message from Yeltsin, also met Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the situation in Afghanistan and Central Asia, Pakistani sources said.

Interior Ministry officials said Haider briefed Yastrzhembsky on measures taken by Pakistan to combat terrorism, arms control and the crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Putin dispatched Yastrzhembsky to Islamabad as a follow-up of talks he held in New York with Pakistan’s military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf during the U.N. General Millennium Summit earlier this month.

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