The delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov will visit the Pakistani capital Islamabad on March 11-13 to hold inter-MFA political consultations of the two countries, as well as a number of bilateral meetings. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the head of the government, signed the corresponding order at a government meeting held last week.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister R. Meredov said at a government meeting that in Islamabad it is planned to substantively discuss issues related to the intensification of work on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline construction project (TAPI), and in particular, with the agenda of the upcoming March 27 in Ashgabat regular meeting of the TAPI Steering Committee.
There will also be considered the relevant aspects of cooperation in the field of electricity and telecommunications, including those related to the implementation of projects for the construction of power lines and fiber-optic communications along the route Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan.
Another priority area for the Turkmen-Pakistan partnership is the transport sector. In this context, it is planned to discuss the creation of a new transport corridor with the use of opportunities to reach Europe via the Caspian Sea, using the transit potential of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.
R. Meredov also noted that the Pakistani side expresses a desire to join the transport-transit corridors of Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman and Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, noting that today there are ample opportunities to further enhance the mutually beneficial partnership. A solid basis for the creation of a solid legal and regulatory framework, as well as bilateral agreements reached as a result of regular meetings at the highest level, serve as a solid basis.
According to the President, the mutual goodwill of the parties and the intention to increase productive contacts in various areas create all the prerequisites for the implementation of large-scale joint projects, including the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, the laying of power lines and fiber-optic communications along the route Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP). And taking into account the favorable geographical location of the two countries, a partnership in the formation of transit and transport corridors of regional and international importance is seen as a very promising area.