Pakistan and Turkmenistan Ink seven MoUs on Energy, Education and Terrorism

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Islamabad: Pakistan and Turkmenistan inked eight accords on cooperation including seven memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on energy and financial intelligence and a programme of cooperation 2016-17 during his two-day visit of the Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov held meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In one-on-one meeting on Thursday, both the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were of the view that threat of extremism and terrorism needed to be countered collectively to ensure peace and stability in the region. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was committed to early completion of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, considering it a new chapter in economic collaboration and greater regional integration with Central Asia.

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Both Pakistan and Turkmenistan also held delegation-level talks, Pakistan side included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua and Ambassador to Turkmenistan Dr Abdul Malik. The Turkmen side included Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Yagshigeldi Kakayev and Minister of Finance Muhammetguly Muhammedov.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also welcomed Turkmenistan’s offer for export of 1000MW electricity to Pakistan and signing of tripartite MoU during his visit to Turkmenistan last December. He said Pakistan looked towards Turkmenistan for future energy security and offered Turkmenistan to take advantage of Pakistani ports for its exports and imports.

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and witnessed the signing ceremony at the PM House as the respective sides inked the documents and also signed the joint communique.

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  1. The programme of cooperation 2016-17 between the ministries of foreign affairs was signed by Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.
  2. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing was inked by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his Turkmen counterpart Muhammetguly Muhammedov.
  3. The MoU on cooperation in the field of energy was signed by Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Turkmenistan’s Minister for Oil and Gas Myraigeldi Meredov.
  4. The MoU between National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Pakistan, and Magtymguly Turkmen State University (MTSU), Turkmenistan, was signed by Rector NUML Maj Gen (r) Ziauddin Najam and Rector MTSU Gurtnyyaz Hanmyradov.
  5. The Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), Pakistan, signed two separate MoUs with and International University for Humanities and Development (IUHD), Ashgabat, and Institute of International Relations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkmenistan (IIT). President IPDS Farhat Asif, Rector IUHD Esen Aydogdiev and Rector IIT Baba Zahyrov signed the respective documents.
  6. The MoU between COMSTAS Institute of Information Technology and Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management (TSIEM) was signed by Rector COMSATS Junaid Zaidi and Rector TSIEM Owezgeldi Ishanguliev. The COMSATS Centre of Policy Studies and Institute of International Relations, Turkmenistan, was inked by Rector Junaid Zaidi and Baba Zahyrov.

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