Pakistan and Turkmenistan encourage better relations as Pakistan fulfils their energy needs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 2:49:29 by

Pakistan and Turkmenistan encourage better relations as Pakistan fulfils their energy needs

Pakistan and Turkmenistan, on Monday, agreed on a comprehensive partnership for peace and development with the host country offering transit routes and sea ports and the visitors assuring to meet its energy needs.

President Asif Ali Zardari and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdy-muhammedov, who held an exclusive and delegation level talks here at the President House, also vowed to widen cooperation between their countries, with a focus on expanding trade and
economic activities and expedite work on the multi-billion dollar TAPI gas pipeline project.

The two leaders told reporters after their meeting that they agreed on strengthening cooperation to combat terrorism, and check illicit trafficking of weapons and narcotic drugs. The Joint press stakeout, preceded by signing of a Turkmenistan-Pakistan Joint
Declaration between the two presidents, said their talks were aimed at further strengthening of bilateral relations in the fields of culture, science, education, art and tourism.

President Zardari said both Turkmenistan and Pakistan held coherence of views on international politics, regional peace and security, illicit migration, drug trafficking and organized crimes. The Turkmen President said the talks focused on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India
(TAPI) gas pipeline project and mentioned that the steering committee had been holding regular meetings and had submitted its input since it was inked in December last in Ashgabat.

He said a consortium was required for the final implementation of TAPI project and appreciated that Pakistan had co-sponsored the proposal of Turkmenistan made to the United Nations for “secure and stable energy carriers”. President Gurbanguly underlined
the positive activity of Pakistan-Turkmen Trade Investment Forum in this regard.

He especially noted the activity of Inter-Governmental Commission of Pakistan and Turkmenistan and agreed to conduct joint cultural projects for further cementing ties between the two nations. He said the talks also focused cooperation in the field of science
and stressed liaison between the credible institutes of Pakistan and Turkmenistan for exchange of knowledge.

Earlier during the talks, the two countries expressed their resolve to expedite the US $7.6 billion Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, inked last December in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The meeting, that covered major issues of regional
and international interest, gave a new impetus to Pak-Turkmen ties in political, economic and cultural sectors.

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