Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to promote bilateral ties
PM Sharif says Pakistan wants early implementation of TAPI Gas Pipeline project.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to promote bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.
Addressing a joint news conference with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on Wednesday, he said Pakistan wants to promote ties with Turkmenistan in all sectors.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wants to further enhance its relations with Turkmenistan in all areas of cooperation especially trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. He said Pakistan and Turkmenistan enjoy excellent bilateral relations in all fields. They are based on mutual respect, common faith and shared interests.
Nawaz Sharif said he had wide range of consultations with the Turkmen President on the whole range of bilateral ties.
He said they discussed measures to counter challenges we face and exploit opportunities available to us.
He said we have commonality of views on a broad range of issues including peace and stability, trade and economic cooperation, investment, regional cooperation and connectivity.
The Prime Minister said the two countries have agreed on need for regular high level political exchanges.
He pointed out that the objective of trade and tourism promotion as well as people-to-people contacts requires further facilitation of visa regime especially for businessmen.
The Prime Minister said it is in the interest of two countries to make full use of human and material resources through infrastructure building, road and rail links and enhancing energy cooperation.
He said there is need for fast-tracking the implementation of regional energy connectivity projects including TAPI to help realize the objective of greater regional integration. He said early implementation of the project, which will be a game changer, would be win-win situation for all stakeholders.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan top priority is growth and development and therefore, we want peaceful relations with all our neighbours.
He said the two countries also exchanged views on reforms of UN Security Council, which should take into account interests of smaller states.
He said signing of MoUs by the two countries would help further strengthen Pakistan's relations with Turkmenistan.
He said Pakistan would continue to provide modest assistance to Turkmenistan in human resource development.
Earlier, in a one-on-one meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat, the PM said tremendous trade potential exists between Pakistan and Turkmenistan in different fields including trade and economy.
Turkmenistan President said the two countries share identical views on regional peace and stability.
He said the two countries can enhance cooperation in agriculture, communication, telecommunication and other sectors.
He also emphasized the need for people to people contacts between the two countries.
Leaders also held delegation level talks and discussed ways to promote trade and strengthen cooperation in the fields of energy, anti-terrorism and anti-narcotics measures.
They also discussed measures to enhance connectivity through road and rail networks.
The two sides reviewed measures to expedite implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline project.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants early implementation of the project which is beneficial for the entire region.
Earlier, a formal welcome ceremony in honor of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was held at Azadi Square in Ashgabat.
On arrival at the Azadi square, he was received by the Turkmenistan President.
On this occasion, anthems of both the countries were played.
The Prime Minister will go to Kyrgyzstan tomorrow and for talks with the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.
The two countries will also sign a number of agreements and MoUs for cooperation in diverse fields.
Federal Ministers Khurram Dastgir, Khawaja Asif, Minister of State Jam Kamal, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Political Secretary to the PM Asif Karmani are accompanying Nawaz Sharif .
In his pre-departure statement, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan attaches great importance to enhancing its relations with Central Asian Republics.
He said government has a vision of increasing energy, trade and rail and road links with central asian states.