Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his stay in Ashqabat held talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in all spheres of mutual interest.

According to a joint communique, the two sides expressed their determination to upgrade their partnership in the interests of their peoples. Turkmenistan also expressed support for the efforts of Pakistan to combat the menace of terrorism and extremism.

Both sides decided to increase their cooperation in security, counter-terrorism, and cooperation against drug trafficking, organized crimes and other threats. Pakistan and Turkmenistan also agreed to create favourable conditions and take up important development projects in trade, economic, financial and other sectors.

The Prime Minister invited the Turkmen President to pay an official visit to Pakistan. Dates of the visit would be fixed through diplomatic channels. Speaking at a dinner hosted in his honor by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said friendly relations between the two countries would further improve through bilateral cooperation.

He also congratulated the Turkmen President for successful completion of Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Iran railway track and launching of satellite. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan wants to get itself connected to this satellite. Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also visited the Mausoleum of former Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov and laid a wreath at the Mausoleum.

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