Turkmen Diplomat, Pakistani General Hold Talks on TAPI Pipeline Project

Turkmen Diplomat, Pakistani General Hold Talks on TAPI Pipeline Project
Islamabad, Pakistan

Matters regarding Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline were considered in the meeting between Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev and Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Head Quarters (GHQ) of the country’s millitary, according to the Monday press release of Pakistani military's media wing.

The meeting was held within the framework of Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Hajiyev’s working visit to Pakistan from January 30 to February 4 for talks on joint energy projects.

The meeting between Hajiyev and Bajwa discussed matters related to bilateral cooperation in various fields with special emphasis on regional connectivity projects and TAPI pipeline, according to the statement.

Highlighting the humanitarian issues in Afghanistan, the Turkmen diplomat appreciated Pakistan's role and its efforts for regional stability. He also pledged to keep working for better relations between two countries.

The TAPI 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 in Turkmenistan, 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.