Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to enhance bilateral trade, tourism & people-to-people contacts
ASHGABAT (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to promote bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.
Addressing a joint press conference with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on Wednesday, he said Pakistan wants to promote ties with Turkmenistan in all sectors.
He said the two countries have identity of views on regional issues.
The prime minister said they discussed prospects of cooperation to address common challenges. “Pakistan is giving priority to expand trade and economic relations with the Central Asian states,” the PM added.
Earlier, in a one-on-one meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat, the PM said tremendous trade potential exists between Pakistan and Turkmenistan in different fields, including trade and economy.
The Turkmenistan president said that the two countries share identical views on regional peace and stability.
He said the two countries can enhance cooperation in agriculture, communication, telecommunication and other sectors.
He emphasized the need for people to people contacts between the two countries.
Leaders also held delegation level talks and discussed ways to promote trade and strengthen cooperation in the fields of energy, anti-terrorism and anti-narcotics measures.
They also discussed measures to enhance connectivity through road and rail networks.
The two sides reviewed measures to expedite implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline project.
Earlier, a formal welcome ceremony in honor of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was held at Azadi Square in Ashgabat.
On arrival at the Azadi Square, he was received by the Turkmenistan president.
On the occasion, anthems of both the countries were played.
The prime minister will go to Kyrgyzstan tomorrow and for talks with the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev.
The two countries will also sign a number of agreements and MoUs for cooperation in diverse fields.
Federal Ministers Khurram Dastgir, Khawaja Asif, Minister of State Jam Kamal, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Political Secretary to the PM Asif Karmani are accompanying Nawaz Sharif.
In his pre-departure statement, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan attaches great importance to enhancing its relations with Central Asian states.
He said government has a vision of increasing energy, trade and rail and road links with central Asian states.