Islamabad, 20 December 2021 (GNP): President Dr. Arif Alvi states that Pakistan’s connections with Turkmenistan are of paramount importance since the two states have outstanding cooperation in various disciplines, as well as unanimity of views on important international and regional fora such as UN, ECO and SCO.
He stated that Pakistan was dedicated to completing the TAPI pipeline project as soon as possible.
The President stated these sentiments while speaking with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister, Meredov Rashid Ovezgeldiyevich, who paid him a visit at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The President emphasised the importance of regional connection and economic integration when speaking with the Turkmen Foreign Minister, adding that both nations should work together to improve regional connectivity.
The meeting discussed forming a committee within the Joint Working Group to speed up the TAPI pipeline’s early completion process.
The President complimented the visiting dignitary on the successful conclusion of the Council of Europe’s 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC.
He expressed the hope that the OIC’s Extraordinary Session will be successful in obtaining international assistance to solve Afghanistan’s escalating problem.
He encouraged the international world to recognise the seriousness of Afghanistan’s position and to assist the country in its hour of need.
He emphasised that Afghanistan should not be stretched any more and that the frozen funds must be released to address the country’s increasing economic and humanitarian problems.
The President reflected on his recent visit to Turkmenistan, saying that he had extremely productive conversations with the Turkmen President, and that both parties stressed the need of completing the TAPI Gas pipeline project as soon as possible. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow sent his best greetings to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow through the Turkmen Foreign Minister.
He went on to say that President Arif Alvi’s visit to Turkmenistan was a huge boost for them, and that it would help to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly nations.