ISLAMABAD  - President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said that land and air connectivity between Pakistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs) was the need of hour as it would boost economic cooperation with Turkmenistan and other countries of the region.

He was talking to Ambassador of Turkmenistan, Atadjan Movlamov, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The Ambassador conveyed to President Mamnoon Hussain the invitation of President of Turkmenistan to attend the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the `Declaration of Turkmenistan's Permanent Neutrality' to be held in December this year at Ashgabat, a press statement issued from the President office here said.

The President said Pakistan considers Turkmenistan an important regional player due to its strategic location and energy resources, adding, Turkmenistan can help Pakistan in meeting its energy requirements while Pakistan can provide land and sea trade corridor to Turkmenistan.

He encouraged the idea of regular people-to-people exchanges to establish contacts and enhance cultural cooperation between the two countries.

The President emphasized on the need to explore new possibilities of economic and commercial cooperation and advised that trade facilitation bodies and Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both the countries be enabled to create linkages and synergies in agriculture, textile, food processing and other sectors of mutual interest.

The President stated that Pakistan attaches high priority to the timely completion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and also conveyed his good wishes to the Turkmen leadership.

The Ambassador apprised that both Pakistan and Turkmenistan shared the mutual vision of economic cooperation and Turkmenistan was interested in benefitting from Pakistan's experience particularly in the textile sector.