ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Saturday said Turkmenistan had completed the rail network up to the border of Afghanistan and expressed his desire to extend it to Pakistan.
While having a telephonic conversation with President Mamnoon Hussain, the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his Pakistani Counterpart to witness the ground breaking ceremony for the Afghanistan section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project scheduled to be held in February 2018 at Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also conveyed New Year greetings and expressed his gratitude to President Mamnoon for witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the V-Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in September in Ashgabat.
During the meeting, the two leaders expressed their satisfaction at the current level of bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
They agreed that both sides needed to make efforts to further enhance the economic relations through joint ventures in agriculture, textile, livestock and IT sectors.
The two leaders acknowledged the importance of early implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project.
President Mamnoon Hussain appreciated and welcomed the Turkmenistan efforts aimed at enhancing connectivity between both the Countries and the region.
The president thanked his Turkmenistan Counterpart for the warm message of felicitations and conveyed New Year greetings to the Turkmenistan president, as well as, the people of Turkmenistan.
Mamnoon Hussain also conveyed his best wishes for the ‘Neutrality Day’ of Turkmenistan’, which was celebrated on December 12.