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Ashgabat -Dec 12 (Monitoring Desk) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here on Saturday attended the International Conference on 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's Permanent Neutrality. A number of  heads of State and government from the regional and Gulf States  aslo participated in the conference.

 Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived here Saturday on a two-day visit at the invitation of President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. On his arrival at the airport, the Prime Minister was warmly received by Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan. Clad in traditional dresses, two children presented bouquets and traditional bread to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will join other regional leaders in the ground-breaking ceremony of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project to be held here in the Mary city on Sunday.Prime Minister Sharif along with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimohamedov and Indian Vice President Muhammad Hamid Ansari will jointly perform ground breaking of the multi-billion TAPI gas pipeline project, tipped as one of the major natural gas supply conduit, and vital to meet ever increasing energy needs of this region. 

 Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Saturday reaffirmed their resolve to further strengthen the bilateral relationship for the mutual benefit of both countries.During a meeting with Turkmen President, Prime Minister Sharif congratulated him on holding the 20th anniversary of the permanent neutrality conference.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that Pakistan was pursuing a policy of strong cooperation with regional countries, especially with the next door neighbours, for prosperity and enhanced connectivity. He was speaking at an international conference “Policy of Neutrality: International cooperation for peace, security and development” held here in connection with 20th anniversary of the host country’s policy of permanent neutrality.   

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday discussed bilateral matters, resolving to further cement the ties.During a meeting here at the fringes of an international conference related to Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality, both leaders discussed regional and security issues in the context of  Afghan peace process and Syria.