Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on the invitation of presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, will pay an official visit to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan from February 22 to 23 to participate in the ground-breaking (link-up) ceremonies of Turkmenistan- Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, lines of electricity transmission and fibre optics. India is part of this project and Indian official will also attend the ceremony. It is amazing that some quarters in Pakistan criticize Iran for its commercial relations with India but they forget the fact that Pakistan is partner of India in TAPI project despite Indian violation of Line of Control and working boundary. India’s relations with GCC countries are much more closer, as compared to Iran.
During his visit, he would be accompanied by Minister of State for Energy Jam Kamal Khan, PM Office media wing in a press statement said.
The ground-breaking ceremonies will be jointly attended by prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Malikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.
The first leg of the ceremony would be held in Serhetabat, Turkmenistan.
During his stay, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with the Turkmen president and also attend an arts and culture exhibition showcasing cultural performances and artistic pieces from the four member countries, including Pakistan, followed by the link-up ceremony where he would make a statement along with leaders of other member states.
He will then proceed to Herat, Afghanistan on the same day to attend the Afghan leg of the groundbreaking ceremony.
The prime minister will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Afghan president after the groundbreaking.