Putin, Saudi king, and MbS ‘congratulate’ Pakistan’s Sharif

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman congratulated Pakistan’s newly appointed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, after the ousting of former premier Imran Khan. Putin sent a message of congratulations to Sharif on Tuesday a day after the new PM replaced Khan who lost a no-confidence vote. He said hoped Sharif would continue to develop Islamabad-Moscow ties and counter “international terrorism”, a statement released by the Russian embassy in Pakistan said. Khan was in Moscow when Putin launched Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. He was voted out by 1…

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