PM Nawaz Sharif announces joining Ashgabat Agreement and Lapis Lazuli Corridor
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said regional connectivity and Economic integration are the key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
Addressing the two-day Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat on Saturday, he said in the emerging global and regional environment Pakistan is happy to play its role as gateway to Central Asia.
The Prime Minister said peaceful neighbourhood has remained the norm of Pakistan`s foreign policy and no development policies can yield fruit without peace and security.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is fully committed to its responsibilities as a partner in regional and Economic integration.
He said with projects like CPEC and One Belt One Road Pakistan has enhanced its geo strategic location into a geo Economic advantage.
He said CPEC is a package of multiple infrastructure and development projects and will boost connectivity within the region and integrate China, Central Asia, South Asia and Middle East.
He said 21st century is the century of connectivity and without adequate internal and regional communication networks countries will lag behind in progress.
Prime Minister said with mutual understanding and collective endeavors we will be able to deliver on the promise of peace, prosperity and development of our peoples.
He hoped that the agreement will prove milestone in achieving the dream of peaceful co existence through integration of economies, markets and cultures in South Asia, Central Asia and beyond.
Addressing the conference, President of turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said modern transport is helpful in stabilizing global relations at regional and national levels.
He said turkmenistan is pursuing effective policy for developing the transport system and has presented two drafts in the General Assembly.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his address said modern transportation is imperative for bolstering international relations and overall progress of the global community.