Political unrest in Afghanistan has worsened the completion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, also known as the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline completion for three decades.
The major gas pipeline project, known as TAPI for Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India, has yet to be completed although it has been “underway” for three decades. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has seen the collapse and establishment of various governments, according to Tolo News.
In addition, Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Adbul Salam Hanafi met with Turkmen Deputy Foreign Minister Wafa Khadzhiev on Saturday and discussed bilateral cooperation, including restarting the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India project in Afghanistan.
Previously, the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and India in 2010, 2015 and 2018 discussed TAPI.
The last meeting on TAPI was in 2018, during which several other projects, including electrical installations, a railway and optical fibers, were inaugurated, according to Tolo News.
TAPI was due to be inaugurated in 2020 but construction on the project has remained unfinished so far despite pledges of funding from the Asian Development Bank, according to Tolo News.
The TAPI project, estimated to be priced at $ 10 billion in 2018, is working to bring 33 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas to energy-starved South Asia for 30 years via a pipeline of 1,800 kilometers that will cross Afghanistan.
TAPI was to be inaugurated in 2020 but the construction of the project remained unfinished,
After Turkmenistan’s separation from the Soviet Union in December 1991, it sought to develop economic projects and transfer its most valuable resource to South Asian countries such as Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. , as initially envisioned in the TAPI project.
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