ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that regional connectivity is key to drive economic growth and invited Turkmenistan to join efforts to boost regional connectivity through air, land, and sea.
In a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan and Dean of Diplomatic Corps to Pakistan Atadjan Movlamov and 3rd Secretary of Turkmenistan Hemra Annamuhammedov at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday, the Speaker impressed upon the need for mutual cooperation in the energy sector to ease out the energy requirements of the Country.
H.E. Mr. Atadjan Movlamov & Mr. Hemra Annamuhammedov from Embassy of Turkmenistan called on Hon Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf.
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During the meeting, the Speaker of the National Assembly also expressed Pakistan’s high regard for its relationship with Turkmenistan and extended gratitude for the timely humanitarian assistance provided to the flood-affected people of Pakistan.
Pervez Ashraf also highlighted Pakistan’s vision of building sustainable and result-oriented engagement with Central Asian Republics through its “Vision Central Asia” Policy, which focuses on five key areas: political, trade and investment, energy and connectivity, security and defense, and people-to-people exchanges.
The Speaker emphasized the importance of parliamentary exchanges between the two countries, recalling the visit of H.E. Mrs. Akja Nurberdiyeva, former Chairperson of the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan, to Pakistan in 2016.
The Speaker National Assembly urged Turkmenistan to sign the Charter of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) to further strengthen parliamentary ties.
With regards to trade and investment, the Speaker underlined the need to enhance bilateral trade and investment, and invited Turkmenistan to avail of Pakistan’s Gwadar, Bin Qasim, and Karachi seaports for its trade connectivity with the Middle East, Africa, and beyond.
The Speaker also expressed Pakistan’s commitment to the timely completion of the TAPI gas pipeline project and the TAP power transmission projects, and welcomed the productive meetings of the technical delegation led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Musadik Malik during his visit to Turkmenistan in September 2022.
The Ambassador of Turkmenistan expressed his satisfaction with the current state of bilateral relations between the two countries and registered his willingness for further strengthening of political, economic, and cultural ties.
The meeting was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, and both sides expressed their resolve to work together for the mutual benefit of their respective countries and the region.