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Taliban say TAPI project will resume in Afghanistan

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KABUL: a senior official of the Islamic Emirate said the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project will resume soon, giving way for the long-delayed mega project.

Addressing a press conference with Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the Turkmenistan delegation and Islamic Emirate held good talks on economic and political issues.

Muttaqi said the Turkmenistan delegation included officials from various ministries who held talks with Islamic Emirate officials.

Muttaqi said during the two-day visit both sides discussed issues around strengthening political relations and economic ties.

Muttaqi said they talked about the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, adding the implementation of the project in Afghanistan will start soon.

“Important issues such as TAPI, railroads and electricity were discussed. We discussed how to strengthen the projects that had already started.

Also, the projects that were started by Turkmenistan, such as TAPI–its practical implementation will start soon in Afghanistan.”

Muttaqi said Meredov has invited him to visit Turkmenistan.

Meredov and his accompanying delegation also met with PM Deputy Abdul Salam Hanafi and discussed economic issues–especially the TAPI project–and railroads and made important decisions, the Islamic Emirate Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

The TAPI project was launched in 2016.

TAPI pipeline is expected to carry 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas each year along a route stretching 1,800 km (1,125 miles) from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field, to the Indian city of Fazilka near the Pakistan border.

Work on the project in Afghanistan began in February 2018 and will include a 1,814-kilometer gas pipeline intended to pass through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, with at least 816 kilometers of the pipeline passing through Afghanistan.

However, the construction has faced delays in Afghanistan due to insecurity, among other issues, in the past years.

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