On January 15, a Taliban delegation arrived in Ashgabat to discuss the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, the TAP power line, as well as the railway from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, the state information agency TDH reports .
The Afghan delegation was headed by acting. Afghan Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi ( Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi ), Turkmen - Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov .
According to TDH, the parties noted the need for cooperation in the field of ensuring regional security, and Meredov declared his interest in the political and economic stability of Afghanistan.
According to the Afghan Foreign Ministry, during the talks, they discussed the export of marble, fresh and dried fruits to Turkmenistan, as well as investments in wind energy in Afghanistan .
It was also decided to use Afghanistan as a transit route between Central and South Asia and transport liquefied natural gas, minerals, food and other commercial goods through the country.
Work on the construction of TAPI, TAP and the railway will begin in March 2022.
In addition, Turkmenistan agreed to allow Afghan students studying in Turkmen universities to enter its territory from March, as well as to allocate scholarships to students in oil and gas, railway and technical areas .
As previously reported , the Taliban went to Ashgabat at the invitation of Turkmenistan.
A few days ago, the head of strategic research at the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Valiullah Shahin , said that Turkmenistan promised Kabul to allocate borrowed funds to start construction of the TAPI gas pipeline. The country will repay the debt from future revenues from the operation of the gas pipeline.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan