Pakistani ambassador ends diplomatic mission in Turkmenistan

Politics Materials 10 June 2009 13:02 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 10 / Trend , G.Hasanov/

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Saeed Akba Afrid has finished his diplomatic mission in Turkmenistan. Yesterday Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov received him.

Berdymuhamedov noted "traditionally friendly and constructive nature of the Turkmen-Pakistani relations, which today enters a new level of development", the national TV channel Altyn Asyr reported.

The relations have become dynamic after the Tehran summit in March 2009, which took place as part of the Summit of Heads of states and governments of the Organization of Economic Cooperation. The Turkmen president and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari met in Tehran and expressed "readiness of the parties to build mutually beneficial partnership."

Turkmenistan is connected with Pakistan with long-standing gas project via Afghanistan, which has been repeatedly postponed due to instability in the transit area. The Asian Development Bank in 2005 provided a feasibility study (FS) of the Trans-Afghan Pipeline, designed by British Penspen.

The pipelines' diameter is 56 inches (1420 mm) with a working pressure of 100 atmospheres and throughput is 33 billion cubic meters of gas a year. At 1,680-kilometer road of the future gas pipeline, it is planned to build 6 compressor stations from the Turkmen fields to the Fazilka (India) own on the border of Pakistan and India.

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