Sharif vows to finish Tapi undertaking

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Adviser to PM on Nationwide Safety and Overseas Affairs Sartaj Aziz receiving Overseas Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs right here on Thursday.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has mentioned that Pakistan attaches precedence to well timed completion of Turkmenistan-Afghan­istan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) fuel pipeline undertaking.

The undertaking envisages transportation of 30 billion cubic meters of Turkmen fuel yearly to Pakistan by way of Afghanistan. The prime minister expressed these views in a gathering with Vice Premier and Minister of Overseas Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov right here on Thursday.

Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum and Pure Assets Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Adviser to PM on Nationwide Safety Sartaj Aziz additionally attended the assembly.

The prime minister mentioned this undertaking was a part of the vitality safety plan of the federal government.

“We’re glad that the operations settlement has been signed and all events have confirmed their resolve to finish the undertaking by goal date (i.e. 2017),” he added.

Each side additionally hoped to finalise export of 1000MW of Turkmen electrical energy to Pakistan on the earliest.

The prime minister mentioned that Pakistan wished to rework its ties with Turkmenistan into robust financial partnership.

“The main focus of our international coverage is on peace for growth and the primary thrust of our engagement with Central Asia is on commerce, funding, vitality, connectivity and tradition,” he added.

In the meantime, addressing the Pakistan-Turkmenistan Joint Governmental Fee right here on Thursday, Mr Sartaj Aziz mentioned the federal government’s coverage was geared toward forging complete, multifaceted relationships with Central Asian states, each on the bilateral and regional planes.

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