30 Years of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Relations: Way Forward A Seminar held May 9, 2022 in Islamabad

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The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Islamabad in collaboration with the Pakistan Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies organized a seminar entitled “30 Years of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Relations: Way Forward” on May 09, 2022 in Islamabad-Pakistan, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Pakistan.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign diplomats, prominent Pakistani politicians, heads of think tanks and public organizations, universities of Pakistan, businessmen and representatives of media. On behalf of ECOSF, President Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro attended.

The Chief Guest of the seminar was H.E. Dr. Musadik Masood Malik, Minister of State for Petroleum, Pakistan. In his speech, Dr. Malik talked high about the relations, cooperation of Pakistan with Turkmenistan since its establishment in 1992 in the fields of culture, economics, trade, etc.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Paksitan H.E. Mr. Atadjan Moulamov welcomed all the distinguished guests for their participant in the seminar. He highlighted the history of the relations between the two countries and said that Pakistan was the first country to recognize Turkmenistan as an independent state.

Panelists of the seminar were Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman Board of Governors of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI); Dr. Muhammad Munir, Associate Professor and Head of Department of International Relations, Muslim Youth University, Mrs. Farhat Asif, President, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), while the Director General of ISSI and former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry also attended the seminar.

In their talks, the experts shared that Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Turkmenistan. The country also co-sponsored a number of resolutions of the UN General Assembly initiated by Turkmenistan, primarily “On the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan” and “On the International Day of Neutrality”.

Since the early days of establishing diplomatic relations in 1992, Turkmenistan and Pakistan have embarked on partnerships at the wide range of bilateral relations. Over the years of cooperation between the countries, regular political contacts have been established at the level of heads of state and heads of foreign ministries. Today, our countries are successfully interacting both in a bilateral and multilateral format - within the framework of major international organizations such as the UN, OIC, ECO, the Non-Aligned Movement and other authoritative international and regional structures.

The panelists of the seminar also noted that a number of international agreements have been signed between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which have formed a solid legal framework for productive bilateral cooperation and cooperation on the international arena. They also highlighted the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline project but regretted that due to turbulence in Afghanistan, the project has not taken off the ground yet.

It was concluded that the personal contribution and attention of the leadership of the two countries, the Turkmen-Pakistani relations would open a new page in the relations in days to come.

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