During a visit to Pakistan on March 12, a delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov was received by the President of the Islamic Republic, held inter-MFA political consultations, as well as a number of meetings at ministries and departments of Pakistan. Following the talks, a package of documents was signed, including on the TAPI project. This is reported by the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting with the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, a high level of cooperation between the two states in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres was noted.
The President of Pakistan emphasized the importance of a neutral foreign policy pursued by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. In this context, the sides noted the close cooperation of Turkmenistan and Pakistan within the framework of international organizations, primarily in the UN.
Special attention was paid to expanding the Turkmen-Pakistan economic partnership. The implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline (TAPI) construction projects, power lines and fiber-optic communications along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, the creation of new transport corridors is a clear indication of the effective joint activities of the two countries aimed at strengthening regional and international economic relationship. The parties also noted the need for further development of bilateral relations in the field of science and education.
During the meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a thorough exchange of views took place on the current state and prospects for the development of Turkmen-Pakistani cooperation.
The gas and transport and communication sectors were mentioned as priority areas for trade and economic partnership. At the same time, the head of the Pakistani government expressed strong support for the TAPI project, the construction of the TAP transmission line, and the creation of a new transport and transit corridor from the seaports of Pakistan to the international seaport of Turkmenbashi.
The parties agreed that scientific, educational, cultural and humanitarian ties are a traditional area of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Pakistan, and noted the need for their further expansion.
On the same day, consultations were held between the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries. Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdum Shah Mehmud Qureshi thanked the Turkmen side for supporting Pakistan’s candidacy in elections to reputable international organizations. The Pakistani Minister also assured that Pakistan will continue to actively participate in the promotion of initiatives and proposals put forward by Turkmenistan in the international arena. The sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues related to the further strengthening of multi-faceted Turkmen-Pakistani relations.
On the same day, the Turkmen delegation met with Omar Ayub Khan, the Minister of Energy, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Minister of Oil, and Asad Umar, the Minister of Finance of Pakistan. The delegation also met with the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Tariq Bajwa, and the Chairman of the Investment Council of Pakistan, Harun Sharif.
Following the visit, a package of documents was signed, aimed at the further development of cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries, the creation of the Turkmen-Pakistani joint business council.
In addition, the main conditions of the Agreement were signed with the host government of the project for the construction of the gas pipeline "Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India".