The Taliban declared the TAPI gas pipeline a national project and promised it’s protection

One of the two major branches of the radical Taliban movement has announced support for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. About it from Kabul, Interfax reports, citing Afghan media.

According to them, the Taliban under the command of Mullah Rasoul expressed their support for the project, promising to make efforts to ensure its security.

"We will support all projects, especially the TAPI project, and we will make efforts to protect it. This is a national project", - quotes the Deputy Mullah Rasul on political issues Mullah Abdumanon Niyazi Ariana News.

The statement by the Taliban was welcomed by the Governor of Herat province Asif Rahimi. "We hope that all Afghans will support this national programme, regardless of which province, in which groups and in which political associations they are located," he said.

Turkmenistan has been building the Turkmen section of the TAPI gas pipeline on its own since December 2015. SC "Turkmengas" is the majority shareholder of the TAPI Pipeline Company.

Survey work on the TAPI highway in Afghanistan began in February 2017 and the development of pre - project TAPI documentation in Pakistan in March 2017.

On February 23, the Turkmen-Afghan border will host the ceremony of launching the construction of the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, laying fiber-optic communication line along this route, laying the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan transmission line 500, and the ceremony of commissioning the Serhetabat-Turgundi railway. The event is expected to be attended by the presidents of all four countries participating in the project.

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