PM leaves for Turkmenistan on two-day visit

ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday left for Turkmenistan on two-day visit at the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

PM will attend the International Conference being convened in Ashgabat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s Permanent Neutrality. A number of Heads of State and Government would be attending the conference.

During the visit, the Prime Minister would also participate in the ground breaking ceremony of “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-

India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project” along with the Presidents of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Indian leadership.

The Prime Minister’s visit would provide a good opportunity for Pakistan to reaffirm its support for Turkmenistan’s long standing policy of permanent neutrality.

The visit would also highlight the importance of Pakistan attaches to the TAPI Gas Pipeline Project and commitment to its early completion.

Pakistan will be able to import 1,325 MMcfd natural gas from Turkmenistan and this project will help in mitigating energy deficit in Pakistan.

In his bilateral interactions with the Turkmen President, the Prime Minister will share Pakistan’s perspective on important developments impinging on peace and security in the region and reiterate Pakistan’s keen desire to sustain and expand bilateral cooperation with Turkmenistan in trade, energy and defence.


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