Islamabad, 1 Feb 2022 (TDI): A high-level delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiev had extensive and fruitful meetings in Pakistan for a two days visit to talk on TAPI and other matters of mutual interest with representatives of government and establishment.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan met the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Minister of Energy Hammad Azhar, and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in separate meetings.

Meeting at MOFA Pakistan

During the meeting with the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood, both sides discussed and reviewed the bilateral ties. Foreign Secretary stressed the significance of the relations between the two countries and emphasized enhancing the connectivity, trade, and transit linkages.

Meeting with Minister of Energy 

Later Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiev led the high-level delegation for an important meeting with a high-level delegation of Turkmenistan a Pakistani delegation, led by Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, here. Both sides discussed various aspects of the TAPI pipeline project.

The Turkmen delegation included TAPI Pipeline Company Chief Muhammetmyrat Amanov; Head of the Department of International Power Projects, M Artykov; Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan Atadjan Movlamov; Chairman of the Turkmenenergogurlushyk N Atayev and others.

Pakistan’s delegation included Power Division Secretary Syed Asif Haider Shah, Petroleum Division Secretary Ali Raza Bhutta, and senior officials of the Energy Ministry.

Apart from various significant points of discussion on TAPI pipeline, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line was also discussed.

During the meeting, the minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the TAPI project and stressed the need to expedite the scheme. Turkmenistan side has also reiterated its commitment to the project.

Azhar further expressed the resolve of the government of Pakistan for early completion of the TAPI project on account of Pakistan’s need for additional supplies of natural gas. He requested the Turkmenistan side to take all steps for the early completion of the project.

TAPI pipeline talks Pakistan and Turkmenistan have begun talks to revive the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which stalled due to differences over price review and the delivery point.

Meeting with Army Chief 
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev (L) and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa (R).

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev on Tuesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Head Quarters (GHQ) to discuss matters of mutual interest, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

According to the military’s media wing, the meeting discussed matters related to bilateral cooperation in various fields with special emphasis on regional connectivity projects and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.

Highlighting the issue of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role and its efforts for regional stability. The minister also pledged to make better relations between two brotherly countries.