On Saturday, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with Pakistani President Arif Alvi, who arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the ECO summit.
The heads of state exchanged views on the state of affairs in the region from the point of view of peace and security, focused on the economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, especially in connection with the approaching winter. It was emphasized the importance of practical interaction with Afghanistan for coordinating the urgent delivery of food and medicine by the international community, financial assistance to prevent the impending economic collapse.
It was emphasized that sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan is vital to reap the benefits of regional connectivity and prosperity.
The leaders of the two countries agreed to stay in touch on all issues of common interest. The President of Pakistan thanked his colleague for the warm welcome and hospitality shown to him and his delegation on the Turkmen land. He also congratulated on the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence and the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's policy of permanent neutrality, the Pakistani international newspaper Express Tribune notes.
The presidents of the two countries analyzed the existing level of relations and focused on expanding bilateral trade and economic ties. It was noted that road, rail and air communication plays an important role in the development of trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. Alvi confirmed Pakistan's continued support for the timely completion of the TAPI gas pipeline project and invited Berdimuhamedov to visit Pakistan in the near future.
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Qureshi also called for the speedy implementation of agreed projects with the participation of Afghanistan, including the TAPI gas pipeline, Afghan transit trade corridors, speaking on Saturday at the 25th meeting of the ECO Council of Ministers in Ashgabat.