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TAPI project to strengthen Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral ties: President Alvi

TAPI project to strengthen Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral ties: President Alvi
September 19, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – President Dr Arif Alvi has underscored the need of early operationalization of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Iran (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project that would go a long way in further strengthening bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.  He expressed these views during a telephonic conversation with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The two leaders exchanged views on Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral relations, implementation of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project, and TAP Power Transmission lines. They expressed satisfaction over the existing relationship and emphasized the need to further strengthen and diversify trade, economic and energy cooperation between the two brotherly countries. Underlining the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Dr Arif Alvi said the Corridor would boost regional connectivity and countries of the region, particularly Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics, would tremendously benefit from its road and railway infrastructure. The President also highlighted the importance of Gwadar seaport which offered shortest route to Turkmenistan. He suggested early finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding on sister port relationship between the ports of Gwadar and Turkmenbashi. The President also highlighted the brutalities and human rights violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces against the innocent population of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. On the occasion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed online meetings of existing institutional mechanisms between the two countries.