By Arif Qoreshi
Islamabad: Newly appointed Ambassador Atadjan Movlamov of Turkmenistan hosted a reception here in Islamabad to mark Independence Day of his country. A large number of guests including diplomatic corps, senior military and civil officials as well as Pakistani citizens from all walks of life attended the party.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changaiz Khan Jamali was the chief guest while Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural resources Dr Aasim Hussain was the guest of the honor on the occasion.
The guests also included prominent Pakistani politicians including Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan and Zafar Iqbal Jhagra. Former secretary general foreign affairs Akram Zaki
The well attended reception was hosted by Ambassador Atadjan Movlamov. He was hosting it for the first time after assuming the assignment here early this year. He replaced Berdiniyaov Sapar who served here for about seventeen years. He was dean of diplomatic corps.
The national anthems of the two countries were played as the chief guest arrived. The Russian Ambassador Budnik Andrey was standing besides the ambassadors of the Central Asia states when the anthems were being played.
Saudi Ambassador Dr Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Saleh Al-Ghadeer explained to the fellow guests about the report he was receiving from Riyadh about the health of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. He referred to the briefing given by the Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz to the cabinet regarding the health of his majesty.
Pakistan and Turkmenistan are on the way to enhance bilateral relations as assured by The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to the Pakistani Foreign Minister during a visit of Turkmenistan in April.
Pakistan had highly welcomed emergence of Central Asian ‘Republics’ as independent countries after the demise of the Soviet Union. Pakistan believes that its sea ports, especially Gwadar can cater to the trade needs of Turkmenistan and other Central Asian countries. Pakistan hopes that this dream would be realized after return of peace to Afghanistan.
Pakistan and Turkmenistan are parties to 7.6-billion$ Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan- India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. The two countries are trying to implement the project on priority basis as it will bring unlimited economic benefits to both the countries. The project will serve as a economic bridge between Central Asia and the subcontinent.