Turkmenistan celebrates national day

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Ashraf Ansari

Ambassador Atadjan Movlamov and his spouse Mrs. Gazel Movlamova hosted a reception in the federal capital to mark national day celebration of their country. A large number of guests, diplomats, officials and prominent people from various segments of the Pakistani society graced the event. Federal ministers Noor – ul-Haque Qadri and Gulam Sarwar Khan were guests of honour at the reception who joined the hosts in cutting the ceremonial cake. Cordial ambience climaxed when the national anthems of the two friendly countries were played and ceremonial cake was cut.
Pakistan and Turkmenistan have been enjoying friendly relations ever since Turkmenistan declared its independence from the erstwhile Soviet Union twenty eight years ago. The two countries are cooperating in various fields to their common benefit and are desirous of expanding the sphere of bilateral cooperation to other fields. Currently the most important project being undertaken by Pakistan and Turkmenistan is a gas pipeline project titled as TAPI.
Turkmenistan has huge gas reserves which are being marketed in the region as part of energy corridors being developed by Turkmenistan. The mega TAPI gas pipeline project will greatly help Pakistan in overcoming its energy troubles. Turkmenistan has emerged as a prosperous country by pursuing prudent economic and social policies over the years. It has been utilising its financial wealth for socio – economic uplift of the people.
Turkmenistan ‘s world view is based on its being a recognised neutral country. This country actively promotes regional harmony and inter – state cooperation.

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