Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is an important project for Pakistan due to its growing energy needs, reported Radio Pakistan.
The president of Turkmenistan thanked PM Abbasi for joining the inauguration ceremony of TAPI and link-up projects going to be held today.
The Afghan president also noted that the TAPI project demonstrates that Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India, and other nations look at economic development as key topic of discussion to take the region towards peace and prosperity.
The total length of the TAPI pipeline will be 1,814 kilometers. The Prime Minister described TAPI as a "historic" occasion, which recreates historical linkages that the region had.
He said Pakistan has already added 10,000 MWs of electricity in the past four years and said by end of 2019 would offer over 2500 kms of six-lane Motorways for concomitant the region.
Afghan President told the gathering that the pipeline is a message to future generations.
He said the President of Turkmenistan owing to his vision has converted the TAPI project into an energy and communications corridor, that would have IT connectivity, besides road and rail links.
"Afghanistan believes in the connectivity policy, not separation". He was received by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani upon arrival at Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi Complex at Herat.
Turkmenistan launched construction of its section of the pipeline in December 2015.
Along with the beginning of the Afghan pipeline section, construction was also started Friday on an 800-kilometer (500-mile) 500-kilovolt power line to reach Afghanistan and Pakistan and a short railway to ferry workers and pipeline construction materials into Afghanistan.