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Turkmenistan FM in Kabul to discuss TAPI pipeline

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KABUL: Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan arrived in Kabul on Saturday to discuss continuing work on the TAPI pipeline linking the energy-rich Central Asian country through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, the Islamic Emirate said.

Upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport, the Turkmen delegation led by Rashid Meredov was welcomed by the Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and the spokesperson of Afghan government Zabihullah Mujahid, Bilal Karimi, the deputy spokesperson of the Afghan government Bilal Karimi informed in his Twitter page.

The top Turkmen diplomat has held negotiations with Muttaqi, according to Karimi.

Mohammad Issa Akhund, the Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum in the new Afghan government, and Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Kabul Hoja Ovezov in a meeting earlier this week discussed the visit of the Turkmen officials to Afghanistan to discuss construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.

“We have been working hard for some time and we are ready to take pride in starting work on the TAPI project,” Mohammad Issa Akhund, the acting minister of mines and petroleum in the new Taliban government, said in a statement.

The pipeline is expected to carry 33 billion cubic meters 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.

The Afghan stretch of the pipeline will run from the northwestern border with Turkmenistan, south through the western city of Herat to Kandahar near the border with Pakistan.

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