MARY: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif، Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimohamedow and other regional leaders have on Sunday laid foundation stone of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project on Sunday in Mary, Turkmenistan, Aaj News reported.
The trans-regional energy project, which will bring gas from energy-rich Turkmenistan, is being dubbed as a major initiative for bringing peace and enhancing connectivity in the region.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan attached great importance to the TAPI project. With the completion of this project, Pakistan would get 1, 325 MMCFD supply of natural gas which would help overcome the energy deficit.
He said TAPI gas project would play phenomenal role for regional development.
Earlier, the prime minister, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkmenistan president and Indian Vice President Muhammad Hamid Ansari held a meeting.
They discussed the 10 billion dollars TAPI gas pipeline project which is expected to be completed by 2018.
The leaders emphasized the need for enhanced connectivity for peace and stability in the region.
Nawaz Sharif said TAPI project would bring peace and promote trade in the region.
On this occasion, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan also signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which Pakistan will import electricity from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan.