Islamabad hosted political consultations at the level of foreign ministers of Turkmenistan and Pakistan

The issues of development of interstate relations and the activities of the bilateral intergovernmental commission were discussed during the political consultations held in Islamabad on January 14-16, 2018 at the level of foreign ministers of Turkmenistan and Pakistan. As the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reported, the Turkmen delegation was headed by the vice-chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov. The Pakistani delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

During the meeting, a constructive exchange of views on international and regional issues, as well as on strengthening joint actions to counter modern challenges and threats took place.

“Particular attention was paid to the implementation of the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline and other important joint projects, in particular, in the field of electric power and communications, the transport communication sector”, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said.

Speaking about the strategic importance of bilateral relations, the sides noted the role of visits at the highest level. Discussing the issues of political cooperation, the sides expressed interest in further consolidation of relations within the framework of international organizations.

At the end of the political consultations, the parties signed an intergovernmental agreement on the abolition of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports.

During the visit, the delegation of Turkmenistan held meetings with the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussein, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Hakkan Abbasi, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan Sartaj Aziz, and the State Minister of Oil of Pakistan Jam Kamal Khan.

Having discussed topical issues of interstate cooperation in the political and trade and economic spheres, the sides emphasized the mutual interest in the further development of the established productive dialogue.

Within the framework of the visit, representatives of the Turkmen delegation also held bilateral meetings with leaders and representatives of state and private structures of Pakistan, at which the prospects for cooperation development were discussed and plans for further cooperation were outlined.

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