Tue, Sep

Ghani off to Turkmenista for TAPI groundbreaking ceremony


president-ghani-on-tripPresident Ashraf Ghani o Sunday left for Turkmenistan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

Apart from participation in the ceremony, the president would hold talks with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on issues of bilateral and regional interest, his office said.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani would also address a conference on security and development in Ashgabat.

He is accompanied by ministers of finance, mines, energy and water, commerce, agriculture, two advisors and governors of Herat and Faryab provinces.

The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and India. The event will also be attended by Pakistan and Indian prime ministers.

The 1,735 kilometer gas pipeline, starting from Dawlatabad area, will cross Farah, Herat, Kandahar and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan before reaching India through Balochistan.

Afghanistan will receive $450 million on a yearly basis under the agreement. It will also generate employment for thousands of youth and around 6,000 Afghan security forces would be deployed to safeguard the pipeline.