India, Turkmenistan have common purpose in combating terror: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Saturday issued a joint statement in Ashgabat, stressing on bilateral relations between the two nations.

India, Turkmenistan have common purpose in combating terror: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Saturday issued a joint statement in Ashgabat, stressing on bilateral relations between the two nations.

Speaking at Oguzkhan Palace in Ashgabat, PM Modi expressed his pleasure in visiting Turkmenistan and assured that relations between the two countries will grow in coming years.

“Delighted to see Ashgabat which reflects vision for your nation. Our long-standing and deep-rooted civilisation ties are well known. It has created sense of goodwill between our people. As India deepens its relation with Central Asia, Turkmenistan will play an essential part,” PM Modi was quoted as saying by ANI.

He further added, “Connecting south and Central Asia will create new economic opportunities. The most significant initiative is the TAPI gas pipeline. I also proposed that we should explore multiple options of land sea route through Iran and had a good discussion on India's investment in downstream industries.”

In his address, PM Modi also urged that India and Turkmenistan should together strengthen their fight against terrorism.

“We have common purpose in combating terrorism and extremism in our regions,” he said.

He further signed an agreement with Turkmenistan on sports and tourism.

“The agreements on Sports and Tourism will deepen the contacts between our people. I also proposed that Turkmenistan becomes a member of the International North South Transport Corridor,” he said.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow agreed that PM Modi's visit helped consolidate relations and define a framework for an enhanced partnership.

Following delegation level talks, India and Turkmenistan signed 7 prominent agreements for enhancing cooperation in a number of sectors.

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