Top Turkmen Diplomat Arrives in Kabul For Consultations

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Top Turkmen Diplomat Arrives in Kabul For Consultations
The Turkmen delegation led by Rashid Meredov was welcomed by high-ranking Afghan government officials at the Kabul International Airport. (Photo: Twitter page of deputy spokesperson of Afghan government Bilal Karimi)

The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov arrived in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Saturday to hold talks with the news Afghan government.

Upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport, the Turkmen delegation led by Rashid Meredov was welcomed by the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi and the spokesperson of Afghan government Zabihullah Mujahid, Bilal Karimi, the deputy spokesperson of the Afghan government, informed in his Twitter page.

The top Turkmen diplomat has held negotiations with Muttaqi, according to Karimi.

Mohammad Issa Akhund, the Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum in the new Afghan government, and Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Kabul Hoja Ovezov in a meeting earlier this week discussed the visit of the Turkmen officials to Afghanistan to discuss construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline.

The pipeline is expected to carry 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas each year along a route stretching 1,800 km from Galkynysh, the world's second-biggest gas field, to the Indian city of Fazilka near the Pakistan border.

The Afghan section of the TAPI pipeline will run from the northwestern border with Turkmenistan, south through the western city of Herat to Kandahar near the border with Pakistan.