Afghanistan, a connecting point for Central Asian countries / TAPI gas pipeline project effective in the stability of the region

  • Date of Publication : 6/07/2017 at 12:47 GMT
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Participants at the summit of the TAPI gas pipeline project held on Thursday in Kabul called Afghanistan a “connecting point for Central Asian countries.”

Officials and representatives from all four countries involving in the project, namely Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Turkmenistan were in attendance of the meeting.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry, in co-operation with the Ministry of Mines, today held a meeting in Kabul on the project of Turkmen gas transmission to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, known as TAPI.

At the meeting, the acting minister for mines and petroleum, Nargis Nahan said the position of Afghanistan as a connecting point can pave the ground for broader cooperation between the countries of Southern and Central Asia.

She expressed confidence that the project will contribute in boosting regional stability, adding that the government is committed to taking advantage of the opportunities to be provided by this project.

A Turkmen official, Amanov said at the meeting that the TAPI project is aimed at expanding economic goals, adding that it will positively affect the political stability of the region.

In December 2015, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India officially inaugurated the TAPI gas pipeline. But due to some political tensions between the regional countries, no considerable progress has been made so far in the work of the project.

The TAPI gas pipeline has the length of about 1,814 kilometers. The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India.

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