Посол Пакистана в Москве Шафкат Али Хан сообщил, что страна привержена проекту «Пакистанский поток», и сейчас между руководящими лицами государств идет обсуждение юридических вопросов. Об этом сообщает РИА Новости.
«Пока нет точных дат. Есть несколько юридических вопросов. Нет особых проблем. Что касается политической воли, обе страны привержены этому проекту», — цитирует посла информагентство.
Ранее официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова заявила, что Россия рассчитывает на то, что при новом премьер-министре Пакистана Шехбазе Шарифе проект строительства газопровода «Пакистанский поток» будет продолжен.
Планируемый к постройке газопровод на территории Пакистана, от порта Карачи на юге до Лахора на севере, будет иметь мощность 12,4 млрд кубометров в год.
По «Пакистанскому потоку» намечается осуществлять поставки регазифицированного СПГ, а также газа со строящегося трубопровода Туркменистан-Афганистан-Пакистан-Индия. Как считают эксперты, «Пакистанский поток» и ТАПИ не конкурируют, а напротив, дополняют друг друга. Тот факт, что природный газ из газопровода ТАПИ может быть направлен по «Пакистанскому потоку» на индустриальные нужды страны, повышает актуальность ТАПИ.
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov congratulated Shahbaz Sharif on his election as Prime Minister of Pakistan by sending him a message.
The Turkmen leader expressed confidence that the cooperation between the two countries, which is based on friendly relations, will continue to develop in an upward direction, in the interests of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Pakistan.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished the new head of the government of Pakistan success in his state activities aimed at the prosperity of the fraternal state.
Parliament of Pakistan elected 70-year-old Shahbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister on April 11 after ousting 69-year-old Imran Khan over the weekend in a vote of no confidence. Sharif will now form a new government that could remain in power until August 2023, when general elections in the country are due.
President of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Muhammad Shakil Munir paid a visit to the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the capital of Pakistan and held talks with the leadership of the diplomatic mission on the possibilities of developing bilateral trade relations, taking into account the existing potential of the parties.
During the exchange of views, Ambassador Atajan Movlamov suggested organizing an online conference with the participation of ICCI and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan so that the business communities of both countries could directly discuss areas of cooperation and study its prospects in more detail. He added that the Embassy of Turkmenistan will present to the ICCI members a presentation of the country's export products and priority areas of trade cooperation.
Movlamov also mentioned that Turkmenistan could supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Pakistan to meet the energy needs of the country's market, ProPakistani newspapers reported. Munir highly appreciated the ambassador's proposal to hold an online conference between the chambers of commerce and industry of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, and also noted that Turkmenistan, which has no access to the sea, can develop its international trade and exports through the ports of Gwadar and Karachi.
He stressed that Central Asia is an attractive market for Pakistan, and close cooperation with Turkmenistan will help Islamabad to expand its commodity presence in the region.
Two weeks ago, Foreign Ministers of both countries Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and Rashid Meredov on the sidelines of the 48th session of the OIC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad noted the need for closer cooperation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan in the field of trade and investment, and improved transport connectivity.
THE HEAD OF THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN IS ON A VISIT TO ISLAMABAD FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK OF THE 48TH SESSION OF THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF THE OICWednesday, 23 March 2022 14:24
On March 22-23, 2022 Acting Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov is visiting Pakistan to attend the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which began on Tuesday at the parliament building in Islamabad.
The annual meeting of the heads of foreign policy departments of Muslim countries is held under the motto "Building a partnering for unity, justice and development." At the beginning of the meeting, the chairmanship of the 48th session of the Ministerial Council was transferred to Pakistan.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha spoke at the inaugural meeting. On behalf of the Regional Groups, the heads of delegations of Kazakhstan (Asian Group), Tunisia (Arab Group), Nigeria (African Group) spoke at the meeting.
In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi said that on March 12 this year, presidential elections were held in Turkmenistan, which, according to international observers, were held in a fair, free and competitive atmosphere. As a result of the elections, His Excellency Mr. Serdar Berdimuhamedov elected the new President of Turkmenistan, receiving 73% of the votes.
The Acting Head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan in his speech informed about the results of the elections of the President of Turkmenistan and expressed gratitude to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the support provided to Turkmenistan and the active participation of observers from the OIC in the process of monitoring the election process.
R. Meredov emphasized the importance of the policy of neutrality in establishing peace, stability and security, and in this context noted the importance of the resolution "The role of a policy of neutrality in maintaining and strengthening international peace, security and sustainable development in the OIC area and globally".
Another initiative of Turkmenistan was also emphasized - the formation of a new philosophy of modern international relations, called “Dialogue is a guarantee of peace”, put forward by the President of Turkmenistan in December last year.
Speaking about the issue of supporting Afghanistan, it was emphasized that the position of Turkmenistan is based on the understanding of the unity of the political, economic and humanitarian aspects of the Afghan problem.
Noting the importance of interconnectedness as one of the factors of sustainable development, the head of the Turkmen delegation focused on the need for further development of partnership in the field of international transport.
In this context, the forum participants were informed about the Ministerial Conference on Transport for Landlocked Developing Countries, which will be organized by the United Nations in cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan in August 2022 in Turkmenistan.
TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WAS HELD BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTANThursday, 17 March 2022 14:50
On March 15, 2022, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi.
Expressing satisfaction with the opportunity to have a personal conversation, the head of state said that according to the outcomes of the Presidential elections held on March 12, announced by the Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referenda in Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected the new President of the country. At the same time, the Turkmen leader noted that he himself plans to continue his activity in the capacity of the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took the opportunity to thank the President of Pakistani for making great personal contribution to the development of a constructive interstate dialogue and established fruitful cooperation. As was noted, all these years the heads of the two states have worked closely together to expand and strengthen all-round relations between the two friendly countries and their fraternal peoples.
In this regard, the leader of the nation expressed confidence that the traditional Turkmen-Pakistani partnership based on the traditions of friendship, fraternity, equality and mutual trust would continue to develop and strengthen.
Having wished the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sound health, long years of life and success in all endeavors, the head of state handed the phone to the newly elected President of Turkmenistan.
Having heartily congratulated Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the newly elected head of Turkmen state, on his convincing victory in the nationwide elections held on a comprehensive and alternative basis, President Arif Alvi wished him great success in his important and responsible state post.
Expressing heartfelt appreciation for the warm congratulations and best wishes, the newly elected President of the country stressed that he intends to continue to follow the course started by his predecessor, Leader of the Nation Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. In this regard, the readiness of the Turkmen party to further develop and strengthen interstate relations in various areas was confirmed.
Confirming the firm commitment of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to centuries-old relations of friendship and unity, the parties expressed mutual confidence that the constructive cooperation established in recent years will be successfully continued in the future.
At the end of the telephone conversation, newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov wished the head of friendly state sound health and success in responsible activities, as well as peace, prosperity and progress to the fraternal people of Pakistan.
A telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and PakistanTuesday, 25 January 2022 11:59
On January 24, a telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
During the conversation, the ministers discussed preparations for the upcoming 48th session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad on March 22-23 this year. The parties noted the importance of this forum for strengthening cooperation in addressing topical issues of the regional and international agenda.
During the conversation, some issues of bilateral relations were also touched upon. The need to implement important agreements reached during contacts at the highest state level, first of all, during the meeting of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi at the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit held in the city of Ashgabat on November 28, 2021, was emphasized.
In this context, the ministers paid special attention to the practical issues of implementing the projects of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and power lines and fiber-optic communications along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.
Press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
On January 14, 2022, an Afghan delegation headed by the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaqi, arrived in Turkmenistan.
On January 15, within the framework of the visit to Ashgabat, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi in a narrow format. During the conversation, the Foreign Ministers of the two fraternal states discussed the development and strengthening the partnership in a wide range of areas.
Then, the meeting continued in an expanded format, during which the parties exchanged views on priority areas of the bilateral agenda. In particular, the interlocutors considered topical issues in the field of political-diplomatic, trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation.
The effectiveness of the Turkmen-Afghan negotiations, which took place during several visits of the Turkmen delegations to Afghanistan, was noted. In this context, the parties emphasized the significant role of the dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries in the development of interstate relations.
Particular attention at the talks was paid to joint infrastructure projects, which are an important aspect of trade and economic cooperation. In this regard, the parties discussed the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line. The ministers also noted the joint work on the construction of a railway from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
The interlocutors noted the need to further intensify Turkmen-Afghan cooperation in the field of providing regional security.
R.Meredov stressed that Turkmenistan is undoubtedly, interested in the political and economic stability of Afghanistan, the well-being and unity of the Afghan people. In this regard, the Turkmen side confirmed that it would continue to provide regular, humanitarian support to the Afghan people, based on the principles of good neighborliness and centuries-old friendship.
Following the results of the meetings held within the framework of the visit of the Afghan delegation to Ashgabat, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan addressed the representatives of the media. During the address, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, stating the positive and constructive nature of the current dialogue, summarized the results of the Turkmen-Afghan negotiations aimed at expansion of multifaceted effective partnership between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
On the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, today in Islamabad, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov held talks with the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi.
At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Turkmen delegation conveyed greetings from the President of Turkmenistan.
The Minister noted that the talks between the President of Turkmenistan and the President of Pakistan, held in Ashgabat in November this year as part of participation in the 15th Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Cooperation Organization, gave impetus to the further development of mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.
Next year, Turkmenistan and Pakistan will mark the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. In this context, during the meeting it was emphasized that during this period the interstate relations have been steadily developing in all directions, expanded and enriched with new forms and content. Thanks to the attention and support of the Leaders of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, bilateral cooperation covers the whole range of political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian interaction.
Minister R.Meredov noted that the dialogue between the two countries at the highest political level creates a solid foundation for strengthening and further expanding bilateral relations. The parties are making significant efforts to develop effective Turkmen-Pakistani economic cooperation, the strategic basis of which is a partnership in the energy sector.
In this regard, special emphasis was placed on the need to intensify joint action on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline project, power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.
During the talks, the sides also noted with satisfaction the consistent development of Turkmen-Pakistani cooperation in education and science, medicine and healthcare, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian spheres.
On February 18th, an international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC held a conference called 'Religious World Without Discrimination, Religious Leaders Becoming one’ in the International Convention Center, Cockle bay room in Sydney, Australia. In attendance with about 370 audiences, 30 members of 7 denomination religious leaders of Christian, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Caodaism participated.
After the opening video of urging for the eradication of religious discrimination, 4 speakers delivered messages on the cases of religious discrimination and action plans of religious leaders for promoting religious harmony.
Nelson Pervaz, a pastor of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, read a letter that will be sent to United Nations Human Rights Council, "I am a Pastor working in Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan is a dominantly Muslim country where religious tension and discrimination exists. I understand how we must all work to bring about true harmony between people of different faiths and cultures. The act of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) about Ms. Gu Ji-In who were killed in the aftermath of coercive conversion in Korea should never be ignored and what they do should stop."
Coercive conversion in South Korea has raised the issue of human rights violation as the number of victims especially women who are threatened by pastors and families to give up their religious faith has reached 1,000. After the death case of Ms. Gu from kidnapping, confinement and physical violence, there have been rallies to establish legal protection for freedom of religion and women rights.
Participants in the event urged the dissolution of religious organizations who engage in politics and persecute other religions or denominations by forcefully converting individuals. They signed Statement Denouncing Coercive Conversion Programs and Religious Discrimination and proclaimed to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Regarding the role of religious leaders for establishing a world peace, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said, "I came to Australia for telling that 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) are necessary to make a world peace and leave a legacy of peace for future generations. This is more important than anything else, and we have to become a peace messenger."
HWPL proposes peace initiatives such as the establishment of international law for peace, an interfaith dialogue meeting for religious harmony, peace education and so on. In particular, the interfaith dialogue meeting called World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Office is currently in operation in 219 places in 129 countries. The DPCW addresses principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peacebuilding such as respect on the international law, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace.
Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has given a few more details about the arrested suspect. He is from Pakistan, arrived in Germany on 31 December last year and came to Berlin in February. He then attempted to bring relatives over to Germany.
His asylum claim has not yet been decided upon. His name appeared in some official databases, but not in anti-terror ones. Mr de Maiziere also said the pistol apparently used to kill the man found dead in the passenger seat of the truck passenger has not yet been found.