TAPI pipeline project in Afghanistan to resume soon, says Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi

WION Web Team
Kabul Published: Nov 01, 2021, 09:24 AM(IST)

Workers stand near a gas pipe during the launching ceremony of construction work of the TAPI project on the Afghan section of a natural gas pipeline that will link Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, near the town of Serhetabat, Turkmenistan (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )

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The Taliban regime said the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project will start soon in Afghanistan. It may be one of the first indications of resumption of the ongoing projects in the war-torn country. The announcement came as Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov held discussions

In what may be termed as one of the first indications of resumption of the ongoing projects, the Taliban regime said the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project will start soon in Afghanistan.   

The announcement came as Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov held discussions.    

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At a press conference, Muttaqi said the Turkmenistan delegation and Islamic Emirate held talks on political and economic issues.   

The delegation from Turkmenistan included officials of various ministries, who held talks with Islamic Emirate’s officials.   

During the two-day visit, both sides discussed several issues to strengthen political relations and economic ties.   

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

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“Important issues, such as TAPI, electricity and railroads, were discussed. We discussed how to strengthen the projects, which had already started. Also, the projects that were started by Turkmenistan, such as TAPI, its practical implementation will start soon in Afghanistan,” Muttaqi.   

The minister also said Meredov invited him to visit Turkmenistan.   

Meredov and his 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.   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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