The USA, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have supported the civil-engineering project of TAPI gas pipeline

The USA, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have supported the civil-engineering project of TAPI gas pipeline

Representatives of the governments of the USA, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan expressed support to the civil-engineering project of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline during the first tripartite meeting in a videoconference mode. It is noted in the Joint statement following the results of the tripartite meeting.

The meeting passed under the co-chairmanship of US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.

In the document it is noted that in a tripartite format participants intend to deepen cooperation in support of regional power projects, in which number, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline. Along with TAPI, participants in a tripartite format will also co-operate in realisation of the project on transfer and trade in the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000), creation of the Central Asia Regional Electricity Market (CAREM), in projects on transfer of electric power with financing through multilateral bank of development and building 500-kilovolt transmission lines of Surhan-Puli-Humri (Hoja-Alvan).

The parties expressed adherence to cooperation expansion among themselves and called the countries of the region and wider international community to promote peace process in Afghanistan, and to support the purpose of strong political settlement with preservation of achievements of past 18 years for the war termination in this country.

The sides also confirmed an imperative need of the beginning of the Intra-Afghani negotiations for discussion of comprehensive cease-fire and a political road map of future Afghanistan.

For realisation of the decisions accepted during this tripartite meeting, the sides agreed about creation of a special working group.

Nury AMANOV

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