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The Telephonic conversation between the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the President of Turkmenistan

(2017-12-23) The President of Turkmenistan H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a telephone call to the honorable President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, on 23rd December, 2017. The Turkmen President conveyed New Year greetings and expressed his gratitude to President Mamnoon Hussain for witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the V-Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in September 2017, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The President of Pakistan thanked the Turkmen President for the warm message of felicitations on the occasion of New Year and conveyed New Year greetings to the Turkmen President, as well as, the people of Turkmenistan. President Mamnoon Hussain also conveyed his best wishes for the 'Neutrality Day' of Turkmenistan, which was celebrated on 12 December, 2017.

Both Presidents expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral relationship between the two countries. They agreed that both sides needed to make efforts to further enhance the economic relations through joint ventures in Agriculture, Textile, Livestock and IT sectors.

The leaders acknowledged the importance of early implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline Project. The Turkmen President informed that Turkmenistan has completed the rail network up till the border of Afghanistan and expressed his desire to extend it to Pakistan. The President of Pakistan appreciated and welcomed the Turkmen efforts aimed at enhancing connectivity between both the countries and the region.

The Turkmen President invited Pakistan to witness the ground breaking ceremony for the Afghanistan section of the TAPI gas pipeline project scheduled to be held in February 2018 at Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border.

Islamabad

23 December 2017