Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has identified terrorism as a major threat facing the region and said that New Delhi and Ashgabat have shared interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
“We have shared interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and central Asia. We have also common purpose in combating terrorism and extremism in our region.”
Stability in Afghanistan opens economical doors to India and other regional countries, therefore; PM Modi on Saturday asked for early implementation of the $ 10 billion TAPI gas pipeline project that will take gas from Turkmenistan to India and Pakistan through Afghanistan.
Calling TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) project as a significant initiative in boosting ties between the countries, Modi said possibility of a land-sea route through Iran for the pipeline should be explored.
“The most significant initiative in our relationship at the TAPI gas pipeline, this could transform regional economic cooperation and bring prosperity along the route, we welcome arrangements between the four countries for the pipeline, we underline the need to implement the project quickly and also propose to explore multiple options including the addition possibility of a land-sea route through Iran,” PM Modi said.
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov talked about initiatives to implement the project untimely.
“Negotiations have been entered to the final step, the leader of this consortium will be selected and finalized in September this year, and then the project will be implemented soon.”
The TAPI gas project is an over 1,800-km pipeline with design capacity to supply 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gap per annum from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2018.
Reported by: Fahim Noori