Dipl: (Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to bolster relations in diverse fields)

March 15, 2016 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to further bolster their relations in different fields including economy, trade and education.

The understanding came at delegation level talks between the two countries here on Wednesday. Pakistani delegation was led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while the Turkmen side was led by its President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Later in a joint press conference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said both the countries enjoy close cordial relations and these bonds are growing with the passage of time.

Referring to the TAPI gas pipeline project, the prime minister said this is a mega project which will help energy starved industry of Pakistan run at its full potential.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will also import one thousand megawatt of electricity from Turkmenistan and the MOU in this regard was signed during his visit to the country last year.

He also invited the central Asian nations to use the deep sea port for its trade with other countries. He said regional connectivity is part of Pakistan’s vision 2025 under which the country will be made hub of regional trade.

On the issue of terrorism, Nawaz Sharif pointed out this is the root cause of instability in the region and we have to work collectively to wipe this menace out.

He said both Pakistan and Turkmenistan will continue to work together for world peace and stability. Earlier, the two sides also held in-depth discussion on regional and international issues of mutual interests.

The two countries also signed a series of MOUs and agreements for promotion of cooperation in different fields. The foreign affairs ministries of two countries signed the document for future cooperation.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his Turkmen counterpart signed an MOU for cooperation against money laundering and terror financing.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Turkmen counterpart signed an MOU for further cooperation in the energy sector. Five MOUs were also signed for cooperation in higher education, research and information technology.