NEWS DESK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is an important project for Pakistan due to its growing energy needs, reported Radio Pakistan.
He expressed these views while meeting Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Mary, Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the two leaders highlighted the importance of TAPI pipeline project as an energy, trade and transit corridor and held fruitful discussions on mutual concerns, including issues of regional security.
PM Abbasi termed the materialization of TAPI as success of the vision and commitment of Turkmenistan President Berdimuhamedov and appreciated his personal commitment in realization of the project.
He emphasized the need for greater military and defence cooperation between the two countries and offered to assist Turkmenistan in meeting its defence needs.
Referring to prospective purchase of electricity from Turkmenistan, the PM said it would add a new dimension to the bilateral relations between the two countries.
The PM reiterated Pakistan’s support to Turkmenistan’s policy of Permanent Neutrality and President Berdimuhamedov’s initiatives at the UN.
The president of Turkmenistan thanked PM Abbasi for joining the inauguration ceremony of TAPI and link-up projects going to be held today.
He expressed interest in the Gwadar Port project. He also expressed hope for strengthening of cooperation in education, science, healthcare and sports between the two countries.
Story first published: 23rd February 2018