Pakistan

Turkmen president due in Pakistan on March 16

ISLAMABAD: President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will arrive in Pakistan on a two-day visit on March 16, upon an invite by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said the Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan on Tuesday.

“President Berdimuhamedov will be accompanied by ministers, senior officials and a high-level business delegation. He earlier visited Pakistan in November 2011,” said the FO in a statement. “The visit is part of the regular high-level exchanges between the two brotherly countries.”

During the visit, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will meet President Mamnoon Hussain and will hold official talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A business forum comprising Turkmen and Pakistani businessmen will also be organized on the sidelines of the visit.

The relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan are warm and cordial from historical, cultural, religious, political and economic perspective, said the FO. The visit of Turkmen president will provide a good opportunity to review the decisions taken during last two visits of the PM Sharif to Turkmenistan in 2015 as well as exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

A Joint Communiqué and several MoUs will be signed during the visit, it added.

The visit provides an opportunity to highlight the importance Pakistan attaches to the TAPI gas pipeline project and its commitment to the project’s early completion.

The leadership will also exchange views on the measures for early implementation of the MoU signed in December 2015 during the visit of the Pakistan premier to Turkmenistan for import of electricity from there.

These mega energy projects will facilitate endeavours by the government to reduce energy deficit in Pakistan and also contribute to regional integration for socio-economic development, peace and stability, read the FO statement.

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