Construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline was one of the main topics of the talks between Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is paying an official visit to Ashgabat.
At the briefing on the outcomes of the talks, Turkmen president noted that at present the construction of the gas pipeline is being carried out at a high pace, all the necessary contracts and documents have already been signed, and the necessary financial resources are being attracted. Pipeline, gas production and gas distribution systems are under construction in Turkmenistan, and topographic and land measuring works have been completed at the Afghan section.
According to Berdimuhamedov, according to calculations, the construction of the gas pipeline would create 12,000 jobs in Afghanistan, and the transit of gas across the territory of the country would provide annual income of more than 1 billion US dollars to the budget of Afghanistan.
President of Afghanistan also appreciated the importance of the gas pipeline that is under construction. Along with the TAPI gas pipeline, the construction of transport communications, fiber-optic and power lines is carried out, and all these projects are connected with each other, he noted.
As the Afghan leader said, the projects promoted by Turkmenistan would provide people of Afghanistan with heat and electricity, and would allow commissioning facilities that out of service now. “These projects would give the heat to people, who suffering from cold, and coolness, when they suffer from heat,” the head of Afghanistan said.