Abbasi links-up TAPI with transmission lines and fibre optics

By Staff Reporter
Saturday - February 24, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Foreign office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal, addressing a press briefing on Friday, mentioned, “On the invitation of presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is paying an official visit to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan from 22-23 February, 2018, to participate in the ground-breaking, ‘link-up’ ceremonies of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, electricity transmission lines and fibre optics.”

According to detail, he added, the first leg of the ceremony will be held in Serhetabat in Turkmenistan. During his stay, Abbasi 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 will make a statement, along-with the leaders of other member States.

Faisal said, “Abbasi will then proceed to Heart in Afghanistan on the same day to attend the Afghan leg of the ground-breaking ceremony:” adding “He will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Afghan president.”

On foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s recent visit to Russia, he mentioned, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov emphasised the significance of cooperation in the field of energy, including realisation of the “North-South gas pipeline project”.

Faisal said, “The Russian experts are ready to participate in modernisation of Pakistan’s energy sector.”

On Pakistan conveying to the international atomic energy agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the guidance on the import and export of radioactive sources, he informed, the guidance supplements the code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources which, although non-legally binding in nature, is an important component of the global nuclear safety and security regime.

Faisal said, “The code of conduct seeks to help countries ensure that radioactive sources are used in a manner consistent with the highest standards of safety and security” adding “Pakistan has been voluntarily adhering to the code of conduct since 2005 and has put in place all the necessary arrangements and systems consistent with the recommendations of the code.”

The supplementary guidance, he added, is aimed at enhancing the safety of radioactive sources during transfer from one state to another, in accordance with their respective national legislations and relevant international commitments.

Faisal said, “Pakistan’s subscription to the supplementary guidance on the import and export of radioactive sources demonstrates its continued commitment to the latest international standards in the areas of nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security.”

He concluded, “Pakistan has run a safe and secure peaceful nuclear programme for more than four decades” adding “Over the years, experts from Pakistan have also contributed to the work of the IAEA in the fields of nuclear safety and security.”