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Pakistan, Turkmenistan discuss regional connectivity projects


ISLAMABAD:(APS)MARCH 17,2016-Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the regional connectivity projects during their meeting in Murree on Thursday.

Both the leaders were briefed on regional connectivity projects by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar.

The two leaders were briefed about the proposed road projects to connect Central Asian Republics with Pakistan under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the infrastructural development of Pakistan is the economic lifeline of the country.

He said the completion of Regional Connectivity projects along with CPEC projects will turn around the economic outlook of the country and will prove to be a game changer for the entire region.

The President of Turkmenistan appreciated the infrastructural development vision of the Prime Minister and expressed interest in the proposed routes which fall along the TAPI gas pipeline.

He also showed interest in investing in Gwadar in different areas including storage facilities.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources and special assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi were also present.

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to create conducive conditions and initiate important development projects for promotion of infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, multi-media technology, banking, environment and energy sectors.

A Joint Communique issued after two-day visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Pakistan says the two sides also agreed to take measures for early completion of important regional energy project of TAPI.

They agreed to take appropriate measures to enhance bilateral trade.

The two countries decided to improve connectivity by establishing communication corridors to tap the potential of trade, economic interaction, people-to-people contacts and tourism.

They also decided to pay special attention to establishing air, road and rail links on priority basis.

Pakistan also offered Turkmenistan the use of its seaports for trade with the other countries.

The leadership of the two countries decided that bilateral cooperation in culture, science, art, tourism and sports should be further enhanced.

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