Turkmenistan and Pakistan want to expand cooperation in the field of defense

Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkmen Ambassador Atajan Movlamov on June 22 in Islamabad, Associated Press of Pakistan news agency reported .

During the talks, the parties discussed the possibilities of expanding cooperation between the countries in the field of defense.

Khawaja noted that countries should adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2015 in accordance with its "letter and spirit."

"Pakistan and Turkmenistan share the common goals of regional stability, security, peace, and can closely cooperate in the implementation of measures to combat terrorism," the minister said.

According to Atajanov, the countries have a good potential for broad cooperation in the areas of defense and economy.

No other details about the meeting were given.

In 2016, the then Minister of Defense, Yaylym Berdyev , visited Pakistan , who expressed interest in the military industry of Pakistan and the establishment of a military industry in Turkmenistan. In particular, the parties discussed the production of the Pakistani-Chinese fighter-bomber JF-17 , the production of which began in 2007 (it is alleged that this fighter is superior in performance to the American F-16). Since then, cooperation with Pakistan in the military industry has not been reported.

The main economic project of Turkmenistan and Pakistan is the TAPI gas pipeline. In November 2021, Pakistan's Economy Minister stated that work on the pipeline would not resume until the situation in Afghanistan stabilized.

In April 2022, Ambassador Movlamov announced Turkmenistan's readiness to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan