Indo -Turkmenistan Relation: Both countries Signed Seven Agreements

Highlights:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi held formal talks with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow during which the two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.
  • They discussed ways to increase regional cooperation and connectivity.
  • During comprehensive talks between Modi and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov both sides decided to intensify efforts in dealing with threats of terrorism, organised crime and illegal drug-trafficking.
  • A  total of seven pacts were signed including an agreement on cooperation in the field of defence and another on tourism.
  • The agreements were signed in the fields of defence, supply of chemical products, foreign affairs, sports, science and technology, medicine and tourism.
  • The TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) project as a significant initiative in relationship between the two countries and possibility of land-sea route through Iran for the pipeline should be explored.
  • The project was envisaged to take gas from Turkmenistan, which holds the world's fourth-largest natural gas reserves, to India and Pakistan through Afghanistan.
  • A joint statement termed the TAPI project a "key pillar" of economic engagement between India and Turkmenistan and said both the leaders recognised that its implementation would have a transformational impact on trade.
  • The Prime Minister arrived here after his three-day visit to Ufa in Russia where he attended the BRICS and SCO Summits besides holding bilateral talks with leaders of Pakistan, Russia and China. 
  • Modi has already visited Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and is going to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as part of his eight-day visit to Central Asia.
  • An MoU signed for cooperation in the fertilizer sector will enable long term arrangements for supply of fertilizers from Turkmenistan to India.