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Afghanistan, Pakistan, India join Turkmenistan in breaking ground on gas pipeline

Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov press buttons for initiating the welding process during the signing ceremony of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project at Mary in Turkmenistan on Sunday.  

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Intended to deliver natural gas from the energy-rich former Soviet republic to the three South Asian countries.

Leaders from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan have joined the President of Turkmenistan in breaking ground on a new pipeline intended to deliver natural gas from the energy-rich former Soviet republic to their three countries.

Turkmenistan is believed to have the world’s fourth-largest gas reserves, but currently exports mainly to China.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was joined at Sunday’s ceremony by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Mr. Ansari said the launch of the pipeline “marks the first step toward fulfilling the vision of an economically integrated region stretching from the Bay of Bengal to the Caspian Sea.”

1800-km pipeline

The 1,800-kilometre (1,080-mile) TAPI pipeline is intended to carry gas through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar and end up in the India-Pakistan border town of Fazilka.

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