Ghani in Ashgabat for TAPI project groundbreaking
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, on Saturday arrived in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
The president was warmly received by Turkmen officials and Afghan diplomatic mission at the airport, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The president during his two days official visit would address a conference on peace, security and development to be attended by delegates from other countries.
Ghani will join the three other partner states to consider forming a multinational security force to guard the $10 billion TAPI gas pipeline project against terrorist attacks as they meet in Ashgabat for the ground-breaking ceremony.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and India’s Vice President would consider two proposals for the security of the 1,800km pipeline, Pakistani newspaper, The Nation, reported.
The pipeline would enter Afghanistan at Herat and pass through Taliban strongholds in Kandahar before entering Balochistan of Pakistan, where nationalist and sectarian insurgents too pose a real threat.
TAPI pipeline project is supposed to complete in two years and in its initial stages the pipeline will provide 27 billion cubic meters of gas out of which 2 billion will go to Afghanistan and 12.5 billion cubic meters will be acquired by Pakistan and India.
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