Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit to Russia in September on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), according to sources, on Monday.

Imran Khan has accepted the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation which was extended last month during a conversation between the two leaders on the sidelines of the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Bishkek.

President Putin invited Khan to attend as a special guest the Eastern Economic Forum, which is scheduled to be held from September 4 to 6 in the Russian city of Vladivostok, sources said.

Several world leaders are expected to attend the event which is held annually since 2015 in the same city.

EEF was launched by Russia, it serves as a platform for discussion on important issues in the global economy, regional integration and development.

The forum seeks to encourage foreign investment in the Russian Far East.

Putin has also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the main guest at the EEF in Vladivostok and he warmly accepted the invitation.

Pakistan’s ties with Russia have moved past the bitter Cold War hostilities and the chill in the US-Pakistan relations has further pushed the country towards Russia and China.