ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said that Pakistan is set to open a new chapter in vibrant Pak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary relations.
He said this while talking to visiting Parliamentary delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Chairperson of Majlis of Turkmenistan Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva.
Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Pakistan is proud of its brotherly relations with Turkmenistan and added that shared strategic calculations and mutuality of interests have brought the two nations ever closer.
The Speaker termed Turkmenistan as “Pakistan’s partners” in its endeavors for the regional peace and prosperity.”
Pak-Turkmenistan cooperation at various multilateral and bilateral forums is highly imperative for achieving shared objectives of regional and global peace, he said.
Referring to frequent meetings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov during the last 14 months, he added that top leadership of both countries is determined to forge deeper cooperation.
Appreciating the frequent meetings of Pak-Turkmenistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, he urged the need for adding a new vigor to Pak-Turkmenistan inter-Parliamentary ties and exploring other avenues for furthering people to people contacts between the two brotherly countries.
Ayaz Sadiq outlined that Turkmenistan’s energy potential may greatly assist in restraining Pakistan’s power shortages and reciprocally Pakistani sea ports as well as expertise in agriculture sector, food processing and textiles would potentially benefit Turkmenistan.
Referring to eight MoUs signed between the two nations during the visit of Turkmen President to Pakistan in March 2016, he urged the need for boosting bilateral trade and diversification of economic relations for mutual prosperity.
He remarked that the completion of TAPI Pipeline would open a new chapter of energy cooperation between Asian nations to ease energy crisis in South Asia.
Chairperson of the Majlis of the Turkmenistan Akja Tajiyewna Nurberdiyeva said that Turkmenistan is determined to foster robust ties with Pakistan through enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
She remarked that Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral cooperation would unleash a new wave of connectivity in the region.
Turkmenistan considers its partnership with Pakistan highly essential for promoting peace in the region, she said.
Mrs. Akja Tajiyewna endorsed Ayaz Sadiq’s proposal for expanding people to people contacts and exchange of Parliamentary delegations.
Later on, head of the Turkmenistan delegation also signed the visitor’s book along with her comments.
The delegation also visited the Solar Power Plant installed in the premises of the Parliament to meet the energy requirement of Parliament House.