Pak-Turkmenistan ties have reached new levels, says envoy

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Salahuddin Haider

PAKISTAN-Turkmenistan relations in recent years have reached a “qualitatively new level, successfully developing in political, economic, and humanitarian spheres” , said the Turkmenistan ambassador Atadjan Movlamov during a speech here Tuesday evening, which marked the 25th anniversary celebrations for the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
It was a lovely function, hosted by Yaqoob Tabani, honorary consul general of Turkmenistan, with diplomats, business elite, and large number of people collecting to join the happy occasion.
Prominent among them were consuls general of Russian Federation Oleg Avedeev, Bangla Desh Noor-e- Helal Saifur Rehman, Indonesia, Turkey Mustafa Onart, Chairman of the Trade Development Authority S M Muneer, vice chairman of FPCCI Khalid Taawab, Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, and number two of Oman consulate, etc.
After ceremonial national anthems of the two countries, Yaqoob Tabani, S M Muneer, and the ambassador delivered speeches, following which a cake was cut to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Lovely evening in many ways for love and affection reflected on the face of the Ambassador who had flown in here from Islamabad especially for the purpose.
He is indeed a throughbred gentleman, a remarkable personality who took pride in acknowledging that Pakistan was among the first countries to develop the idea of neutrality of Turkmenistan at the UN on December 12, 1995. This idea was first voiced at the Islamabad meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation in 1995, and current year on February 7,in the UN General Assembly, Pakistan co-sponsored the resolution to declare December 12 as International Neutrality Day. The government, and people of Turkmenistan will remember it with gratitude, he said.
He felt happy that increased number of high level delegations and exchanges between the two countries took place to testify the achievement.He said that two countries have constructive approach to priority issues of our time, and their political issues on many of these issues coincide or are similar. Both countries have successful inter-action in the framework of international organisations, primarily the United Nations.
Turkmenistan highly appreciates Pakistan’s support for policy, pursued by our country, and the international initiatives of the Turkmen leadership, including on the role of reliable, and stable transit of energy carriers, and transport transit corridors, which ensured international cooperation and sustainable development. He said his country, with huge resources of hydrocarbon, can provide energy to Pakistan to meet its needsHis country’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had already spoken of Pakistan being a key partnerin building inter-action with South Asian states and building bilateral and multilateral understanding at major international and regional organisations.
In this context he also referred to Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan- India (TAPI) pipeline which will give powetful impetus to economic development and resolve humanitarian issues, strengthen peace and stability in the region. He added that under MOU wsigned in December 2015his country will provide to Pakistan 1000 megawatt electricity per year.
Yaqoob Tabani in his speech urged the Pakistani businessmen to visit Turkmenistan for there existed tremendous potential for cooperation in the field of energy, and transportation. He said Turkmenistan had made great strides for development in recent years. Similar sentiments were expressed by S M Muneer, chairman of TDAP in his speech.