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Leaders break ground on TAPI gas pipeline's Afghan section | DW |
Regional politicians have launched construction work on the Afghan section of a natural gas pipeline linking Turkmenistan with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Even the Taliban are now approving the project.
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Regional leaders on Friday launched construction work on the Afghan section of an $8-billion (6.5-billion) natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan and Pakistan to India.
Turkmenistan holds the world's fourth-largest gas reserves, but has been heavily dependent on exports to China after Russia cut back imports considerably.
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The TAPI pipeline is expected to eventually transport 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually along a 1,800-kilometer (1,125-mile) route from the Galkynysh gas field to Fazilka in northern India near the border with Pakistan.
"South Asia is being connected with Central Asia through Afghanistan after more than a century of division," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said during the ground-breaking ceremony.
Turkmenistan- Afghanistan - Pakistan-India [TAPI] Pipeline | Gov.af |
Work on TAPI gas pipeline starts in Afghanistan's Herat province | China Xinhua News |
Ahead of inauguration of work for the TAPI project, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his speech described the essential Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project as a "corridor of development" and stressed for regional cooperation.
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Among hundreds of guests attending the ceremony were President of Turkmenistan Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and India's Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.
President Ghani pointed out that Afghan government's policy is a policy of "connectivity" and South Asia is being connected with Central Asia through Afghanistan.
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.
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References TAPI pipeline @BooMan in archives ...
○ Pipelineistan by dada on Feb. 19, 2009
○ Agreement signed for the TAPI Gas Pipeline Project by anarchronarchist on Sept. 28, 2010
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