ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Turkmenistan on Saturday for a two-day official visit where he would participate in ground breaking ceremony of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project as well along fulfilling other agenda.
The prime minister will attend International Conference being held in Ashgabat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s Permanent Neutrality. A number of Heads of States and governments will attend the conference.
The prime minister would also participate in the ground breaking ceremony of TAPI gas pipeline project along the president of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan and vice president of India.
The visit would highlight the importance that Pakistan attaches to the TAPI gas pipeline project and the commitment to its early completion. Pakistan will be able to import 1325 mmcfd natural gas from Turkmenistan. Thus this project will help in mitigating energy deficit in the country.
In his bilateral interactions with the Turkmen president, the prime minister will share Pakistan’s perspective on important developments impinging on peace and security in the region and reiterate Pakistan’s keen desire to sustain and expand bilateral cooperation with Turkmenistan in trade, energy and defence. He will also hold a bilateral meeting with the president of Turkey.