Kabul poised to host TAPI pipeline meeting today
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is set to host the 21st steering committee meeting on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Thursday.
The ministerial-level meeting in Kabul would also involve technical teams from the partnering nations, MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The meeting would take place at the Presidential Palace in the afternoon, according to Mustaghni, who said officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and MoFA would represent Afghanistan.
Rafi Sadiqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, said he would share a report on preliminary discussions between Turkmenistan and France’s ‘Total Oil and Gas Company’ with the TAPI board.
In 2010, the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and the Indian energy minister inked an accord on execution of the project. The 1,800 km pipeline aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
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