Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan spoke about the importance of TAPI in Pakistan and India

On December 19, Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov took part in the 3rd meeting of the Central Asia-India Dialogue, which was held in the capital of India, New Delhi.

Meredov told about ongoing economic projects designed to strengthen the interrelationship between Central Asia and India , among which a special place occupies the TAPI gas pipeline, according to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.

On the same day, the head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry held talks with his Indian counterpart Subrahmaniyam Jaishankar , at which the implementation of the TAPI project was also discussed.

Times of India wrote on the eve of the meeting that the main topic of discussion will be the situation in Afghanistan.

On December 19, in the capital of Pakistan, the city of Islamabad, an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held on the topic "The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan." Turkmen delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Hajiyev , according to the Foreign Ministry. He recalled at the meeting that Turkmenistan has built a school, a hospital and a mosque in Afghanistan, and also regularly sends humanitarian aid there.

The final Resolution of the extraordinary meeting of the Heads of Foreign Ministries of the OIC member countries, at the initiative of Turkmenistan, included provisions on the need to continue economic cooperation to improve the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the implementation in this regard of projects such as the TAPI gas pipeline and the TAP power line.

At the end of November, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan announced at the Russian-Pakistani intergovernmental commission that the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project had been suspended due to the unstable situation in Afghanistan.

Since the seizure of power in Afghanistan in August 2021, representatives of the Taliban have regularly met with representatives of Turkmenistan on the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline. The implementation of the project can bring $ 500 million annually to Afghanistan, which is in a severe economic crisis , for gas transit through its territory.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan