Mamnoon’s focus on CARs

PAKISTAN and Turkmenistan have agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, agriculture, education, science and technology, infrastructure, transportation and urged mutual support of two countries for each other at regional and international level. During a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Malikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov at Ashgabat, President Mamnoon Hussain pointed out that the two countries enjoyed fraternal ties rooted in common culture and history, which were further strengthened by shared goals of peace, prosperity and progress of the two countries and the region as a whole.
Visit of the President to Turkmenistan takes place soon after his four day trip to Kazakhstan where he attended the first ever OIC Summit on Science and Technology and had meaningful interaction with Kazakhstan leadership, is indicative of the Pakistan’s keen desire to boost its ties with Central Asian Republics (CARs). Experts point out that Pakistan-Central Asia relations are based on geographical proximity, common history, religion, culture, traditions, values and destiny. Pakistan and these states can work together in matters of security, stability and development of the region. It was in this perspective that Pakistan has been making efforts to forge ties with these states and for this purpose a number of agreements have been concluded with almost all the countries of the Central Asia, with focus on connectivity projects. Steps are being taken for implementation of vital projects of TAPI and CASA-1000 that have the potential to increase inter-dependencies. The Central Asian states are landlocked and Pakistan has also offered them the use of Gwadar deep seaport that is going to become focal point for regional trade in years to come. Kazakhstan has shown interest in building rail and road links with Urumchi, capital of the Chinese province of Xinjiang, and thus using the Karakorum Highway between Pakistan and China for trade via the land route and this opens the prospects for Kazakhstan and other states benefiting from and joining CPEC. Peace in Afghanistan is deeply linked to the success of regional trade and commerce and therefore, all countries should join hands to seek peaceful resolution of the conflict at the soonest.

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