Lahore (Staff Report): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting toda (Saturday) with President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Deputy Prime Minister Roman Shaykhutdinov in Lahore.

Matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations and promotion of cooperation in different sectors were also discussed during meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister hoped that the visit of the distinguished dignatories will promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Tatarstan in 1999 when Rustam Minnikhanov was Prime Minister.

The President of Tatarstan called for promoting active collaboration between the two countries in various fields.

He also said while addressing Punjab-Tatarstan Business Forum in Lahore on Saturday, Punjab government wants to promote economic cooperation with Tatarstan .

In the meantime, CM Shahbaz assured to provide full protection to investors of Tatarstan saying they will also own hundred percent of their investment.

The CM further added that Punjab has very strong infrastructure which can support all the investment activities and joint ventures. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project can create a linkage between Pakistan and Tatarstan .

Shahbaz Sharif said thirty six billion dollars are being spent on energy projects under the CPEC that will end load-shedding from country by the end of current year or early next year.