Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum in a meeting on Monday in Ashgabat discussed the implementation of joint regional infrastructure projects.
During the constructive talks, the sides exchanged views on the agenda of the effective Turkmen-afghan cooperation. The officials expressed adherence to the addition of joint efforts in the rapid implementation of energy, communications, transport, and other projects.
The meeting participants expressed mutual interest to the timely and effective implementation of such projects as the TAPI gas pipeline, the TAP power transmission line, and new rail lines from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
The NIMP Leader especially underlined the efforts of Turkmenistan’s Leadership aimed at strengthening peace and security in Afghanistan as well as the integration of the neighboring country and its people into the stable route of economic development.
The sides also highlighted the significance of the realization by Turkmenistan of large-scale infrastructure projects directed to the further development of Afghanistan and the whole region.
The total length of the planned TAPI gas pipeline is approximately 1814 km. Its annual capacity is designed to supply up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas along the route from Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field, to Fazilka near the border with Pakistan in northern India.