The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov arrived in Islamabad on March 16, 2016 for an official visit to meet the Pakistani leadership and discuss issues of mutual importance. Turkmenistan and Pakistan enjoy excellent economic, social, cultural and political relations since 1991 when Pakistan recognised the independence of Turkmenistan. For the past two decades, Turkmenistan and Pakistan have been developing good diplomatic relations.

The recent visit to Pakistan by the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, will boost bilateral relations between the two. The presidents of Turkmenistan and Pakistan expressed the resolve to expedite the implementation process of more than $10 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which was inked last December in Turkmenistan. For Pakistan TAPI is not just a gas transit initiative connecting energy-rich Central Asia with energy-starved South Asia, but a trailblazing project that will open doors for greater regional economic collaboration and integration.

AMJAD KHAN,

Islamabad, March 17.