PM Nawaz to visit Turkmenistan to attend Global Conference on Sustainable Transport on Friday


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat on November 25-27 to lead the country’s delegation at the first-ever Global Conference on Sustainable Transport.

The Prime Minister is undertaking the visit at the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan, who is co-hosting the Conference along with United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The Conference, likely to be attended by around 1,500 participants including heads of state and government, ministers, civil society leaders and the UN officials, will discuss promotion and role of sustainable transport towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Pakistan is keen to improve connectivity with Central Asian States by establishing transport and communication links. These will be conducive to tapping the potential of trade, economic interaction, people-to-people contacts and tourism,” a statement by Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday.

The statement added that Pakistan and China had launched China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to provide seamless connectivity to Gwadar and Karachi ports.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

“The meeting of Prime Minister will provide a valuable opportunity to review the decisions taken during two visits of the Prime Minister to Turkmenistan in 2015 and the Turkmen President’s visit to Pakistan in March 2016, as well as exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the statement mentioned.