PR No. 105 Islamabad

H.E. Mr. Atadjan Movlamov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan called on Mr. Khawaja M. Asif Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defense. The Federal Minister welcomed the Ambassador of Turkmenistan and said that Pakistan highly values its relations with Turkmenistan and wanted to enhance the relations between the two countries. During the call areas of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, trade and defense came under discussion.

Federal Minister said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan being brotherly countries are enjoying closed cordial relations in different fields and hoped that cooperation in the fields of energy and defense would further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

Highlighting the importance of CPEC Project, the Minister said that “CPEC is the most important artery in the region and stressed that all the regional countries should make their planning to get maximum benefit from it”. He said that Pakistan will play its positive role to bring peace in the region by fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the economy of Pakistan is progressing and initiatives taken by the present democratic government are friendly for the international community to invest in Pakistan especially in energy and infrastructure development. “Mutual trade and people to people contact may be increased for strengthening of bilateral relations” he added.

The Ambassador of Turkmenistan, while appreciating the forward looking steps being taken by the Government of Pakistan and Ministry of Water & Power for the development of energy sector, assured their cooperation for enhancing bilateral engagement between the two countries in the energy, economic and defense spheres.