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TAPI gas line construction from this year, vows Turkmenistan President

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has committed to deepen ties with India and begin construction of the $10 billion TAPI gas pipeline project this year, as the two countries sought to step up collaboration in the energy sector and fertiliser production. President Berdymuhamedov committed to strengthen ties with India during a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the presidential palace here on Wednesday.

Swaraj, who co-chaired the fifth India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Joint Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation with her Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov, termed it as a “preparatory” meeting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to this country in July. “Committed to deepening India-Turkmenistan ties. #TAPI construction to begin this year.

President Berdymuhamedov to EAM @SushmaSwaraj,” a Ministry of External Affairs tweet said.

During the minister’s maiden visit to the Central Asian country, the two nations agreed to collaborate in the energy sector and discussed key bilateral and regional issues, including defence cooperation.
Plans are afoot to set up a urea manufacturing facility in Turkmenistan and opening a representative office by ONGC Videsh Ltd in Ashgabat. Swaraj and Meredov agreed on joint efforts to expedite the implementation of the TAPI pipeline project.

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