President Alvi, Turkmenistan counterpart discuss Afghan humanitarian crisis

Dr Alvi meets Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on sidelines of 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organisation


News Desk November 28, 2021
President Arif Alvi meets President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) in Ashgabat. PHOTO: EXPRESS

President Dr Arif Alvi and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Saturday exchanged views on regional peace and security, in particular worsening economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

According to an official statement, the views were exchanged during a bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) in Ashgabat.

President Alvi highlighted the dire state of human suffering in Afghanistan particularly in the wake of approaching winters.

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He stressed the importance of practical engagement with Afghanistan to coordinate the provision of urgent food, medicines and shelter items by the international community.

President Alvi underlined the immediate need for financial assistance to Afghanistan to avert impending economic collapse. He also stressed the importance of unfreezing Afghanistan’s frozen financial assets in this regard.

He underscored that sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan is vital to reap the benefits of regional connectivity and prosperity.

The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on all issues of common interest.

President Alvi thanked his counterpart for the warm reception and hospitality extended to him and his delegation. He also congratulated him on thirty years of Turkmenistan’s independence and the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s policy of “permanent neutrality”.

Recalling their telephonic conversation held in September 2020, the two leaders took stock of the existing level of relations and laid emphasis on enhancing bilateral interactions and contacts in all areas of mutual interest.

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President Dr Arif Alvi underlined the need for taking concrete measures to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations by ensuring greater connectivity.

He underscored that road, rail and air linkages are essential to promote trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s continued support for the timely completion of the TAPI gas pipeline project.

The president also extended a cordial invitation to President Berdimuhamedov to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience.

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