January 26, 2012 – After arriving to the famous city of Turkmenbashy in Turkmenistan, President Karzai met Wednesday morning President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to discuss a number of important economic projects including the TAPI, the Afghan-Turkmenistan railway and electricity export to Afghanistan.
The two Presidents discussed measures required to finalize for the full implementation of the gas pipeline that goes through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India known as the TAPI.
President Karzai termed fruitful and productive his conversation and meeting with President Berdimuhamedov and thanked him for everything Turkmenistan has done to Afghanistan and stressed that implementing TAPI project was vital for the countries involved.
President Berdimuhamedov too recognized the regional importance of the gas pipeline project that passes through Afghanistan to the South Asian countries and vowed to put in place all necessary measures expected of them for an early implementation of the critical project.
Accompanying the President on the trip was Afghan Mining Minister, who said a design and full study of a separate project involving the establishment of an 84 km of railway extending across the Atamyrat-Ymamnazar in Turkmenistan to Akina-Andhoi in Afghanistan had been finalized with actual work expected to begin soon.
Of the issues central to discussion between the two countries was the transmission of 500 mgw of electricity to Afghanistan set to be completed in two years time.