Pak-Turkmenistan mutual trade should be promoted
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan greatly valued friendly and cooperative relations with Turkmenistan, deep-rooted in the common faith, cultural affinities and shared traditions on Wednesday
The President said this while talking to Turkmenistan Mejlis (Parliament) Chairperson, Akja Nurberdiyeva, who had called on him along with a delegation at the Aiwan-e-Saddar. National Assembly Speaker, Ayaz Sadiq, was also present during the meeting.
The President emphasised on a close collaboration between parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary friendship groups of the two countries. He also called for regular exchanges of cultural and trade delegations to increase people-to-people ties and promote understanding between the people of two brotherly countries. President Hussain noted that the bilateral trade between the two countries was far below the potential at present and needed to be enhanced. He further added that the two sides needed to facilitate business visas and relax visa regimes for the promotion of economic relations.
The President also underlined the need to start air flights between the two countries to facilitate the business persons, tourists and people to people contacts. He noted that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline was a flagship project directed towards efforts to achieve regional energy security and prosperity. Pakistan was committed to the timely completion of the TAPI Gas Pipeline project, he added. The President also welcomed Turkmenistan’s offer to export 100 MW of electricity to Pakistan.
He said that with the completion of the CPEC and TAPI projects, the whole region would achieve prosperity and then went on to underline the importance of regional connectivity to fully benefit from the emerging opportunities. Turkmenistan Mejlis (Parliament) Chairperson, Akja Nurberdiyeva, said on the occasion that her country was keen to forge stronger ties with Pakistan for the benefit of the people in both the countries. She added that Turkmenistan was currently working on electricity lines along the TAPI Gas Pipeline to provide electricity to the regional countries.