Leaders break ground on Afghan section of TAPI

An agreement on Tukrmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power line was also signed on the occasion
An agreement on Tukrmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan power line was also signed on the occasion
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25 February, 2018

India's commitment to the pipeline has previously been questioned over its relationship with Pakistan and easy access to liquified natural gas markets, which are seen as potential stumbling blocks.

Work for the project, created to transfer 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Galkynysh natural gas reserve of Turkmenistan annually along an 1,800 km route to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan, was formally inaugurated at a ceremony Friday.

Long championed by Turkmenistan, home to the world's fourth largest petrol reserves, construction on the 1,800-kilometre pipeline began in 2015 and is expected to cost some $10 billion.

The foundation stone of the Afghan portion of the TAPI gas pipeline project - which connects Central and South Asia - will be laid today in a ceremony slated to be attended by Abbasi, Berdimuhamedow, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar. "The South Asia is being connected with the Central Asia through Afghanistan after more than a century of separation", Ghani said.

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During his address, the premier appreciated President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamadov for converting a mere gas pipeline project into an energy and communication corridor.

The Afghan president also noted that the TAPI project demonstrates that Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India, and other nations look at economic development as key topic of discussion to take the region towards peace and prosperity. "TAPI is a dove in a storm; we must protect it with all our will and capacity", he added. "It is good and important and vital for the economy of Afghanistan", he said, noting the pipeline had been under consideration during the Taliban rule that ended in 2001. It will provide energy-hungry India gas to run its power plants. The prime minister stated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the most visible part of the Belt and Road Initiative and stressed on enhancement in bilateral cooperation between the two countries while exploring new avenues for trade, particularly in livestock, information technology and agriculture.

The prime minister reiterated Pakistan's full support to Turkmenistan's policy of permanent neutrality and President Berdimuhamadov's initiatives at the UN.


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