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India looks to revive TAPI

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India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1814 km Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, senior officials on both sides have confirmed.

The decision was made during the sixth joint Inter Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific and technological co-operation.

The meeting was followed by a meeting between visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

“I strongly believe in this project, and this is the position of Turkmenistan,” Mr. Merodov said at a small interaction.

“It is not just a commercial project, but one which will be a good foundation for providing peace and security in the region,” he added.

Mr. Pradhan said India’s commitment to TAPI — first proposed in 1995 — “remains strong”, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made the proposal to hold the TAPI steering committee meet in Delhi when he met the Turkmenistan President in Ashgkabad last year, which he has now accepted. The last steering committee meeting, scheduled to be held annually, took place in April 2016.

During his visit, Meredov also called on Honorable Vice President Venkiaiah Naidu and met Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

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