Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Prime Minister says Pakistan is ready to play its role as gateway to Central Asia.
Turkmenistan President describes modern transport is helpful in stabilizing global relations.
South Sudan government has agreed to accept deployment of UN-mandated regional force in Juba.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said regional connectivity and economic integration are key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
He was addressing the two-day International Conference on Sustainable Transport in Ashkhabat on Saturday. He said in the newly emerging global and regional environment Pakistan is happy to play its role as gateway to Central Asia.
The Prime Minister said peaceful neighbourhood has remained norm of Pakistan`s foreign policy and no development policies can yield fruit without peace and security.
Highlighting role of Pakistan in different inter-governmental developmental transport agreements, he said Pakistan is signatory of a number of bilateral, regional and international agreements on traffic and transit.
He said we are working on integrated Transit Trade Management System.
Nawaz Sharif said under Inter governmental Agreement on Trans-Asian Railways Network, Pakistan Railways has taken concrete steps to facilitate rail traffic in segments passing through its territory.
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Nawaz Sharif said through projects like CPEC and One Belt One Road, Pakistan has converted its geo strategic location into a geo economic advantage.
Prime Minister announced Pakistan`s joining of Ashkhabat Agreement and Lapis Lazuli Corridor.
He hoped the agreement will prove milestone in achieving the dream of peaceful co-existence through integration of economies, markets and cultures in South Asia, Central Asia and beyond.
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Addressing the conference, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said modern transport is helpful in stabilizing global relations at regional and international levels.
He said Turkmenistan is pursuing effective policy for developing the transport system and has presented two drafts in the General Assembly.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his address said modern transportation is imperative for bolstering international relations and overall progress of the global community.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of international Sustainable Transport conference in Ashgabat on Saturday.
Bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues came up in the meeting.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will create immense economic opportunities for the country.
Addressing the convocation of Riphah International University in Islamabad on Saturday, he said several projects under the CPEC are already in completion phase. He said Gwadar port has been opertionalized with the first shipment of Chinese trade goods.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif paid a farewell visit to Air Headquarters, Islamabad on Saturday.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman welcomed him at air headquarters.
Air Chief lauded General Raheel’s services in strengthening defence of Pakistan and contributing towards an unprecedented tri-service synergy.
South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba.
Deputy Information Minister Akol Paul Kordit in a statement said cabinet has resolved unanimously to allow the deployment of regional protection force anytime from now.
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticized EU on accusing it of breaking promises on refugees.
Speaking at a meeting of the Women and Democracy Association in Istanbul, Erdogan said it was Turkey which is feeding over three million refugees.
He slammed Europe for "never being honest toward the humanity.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 in Havana.
He had been in poor health for many years.
He remained president of the Caribbean island for more than 30 years.