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PR No. 31 Islamabad

H.E Mrs Akja Nurberdiyeva, Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan along with a delegation called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today.

Welcoming the delegation, the Prime Minister said that frequent exchanges of Parliamentary delegations would prove to be enormously beneficial for strengthening of Democracy in the two brotherly countries. The Prime Minister further said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan enjoy friendly relations, but there are huge opportunities to further expand the scope of our bilateral relationship; especially enhancing the economic ties.

The Prime Minister said that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is a flagship project of great significance for both the countries as well as the region. The earliest realization of this Gas Pipeline project would advance our shared goals of energy security and regional prosperity. ‘Apart from helping Pakistan in the fulfilment of its gas requirements, the project will integrate the region economically and politically’, added the Prime Minister.

‘We wish to see close collaboration between our parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary friendship groups. I convey my warmest congratulations to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and the brotherly people of Turkmenistan on the occasion of 25th anniversary of your country’s independence. Also convey my utmost regards to the President for his good wishes’, said the Prime Minister.

H.E Mrs Akja Nurberdiyeva thanked the Prime Minister for extending warm welcome to the visiting delegation in Pakistan. ‘Let me convey the most sincere wishes and congratulations of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on your successful surgery’, said the Chairperson. She further said the President is personally supervising each project to ensure quality and timely completion.

Mr Tachmuhammet Gulamuhmmededov, Deputy Minister of Energy Turkmenistan informed the participants of the meeting that the TAPI gas pipeline project would be completed and operational by December 2019.  He further added that 15 KM pipeline has already been laid while geological and technical work is currently underway for another 80 KM pipeline.

The visiting delegation also included Mr Maksat Babayev, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, H.E Mr Atadjan N. Movlamov, Ambassador to Pakistan and other parliamentarians.

The meeting was also attended by Sardar Muhammad Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly, Mr Tariq Fatemi, SAPM, Ms Shakila Luqman, MNA and other senior officials.

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