Kabul, 16th November 2023 (TDI): Batyar Yalov, recently appointed Consul General of Turkmenistan for Herat province, paid an honorary visit to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and presented his letter of credentials.
Foreign Minister Muttaqi greeted and wished Turkmenistan’s new Consul General success and acknowledged the Islamic Emirate’s 30-year-long relations with Turkmenistan based on amicable terms.
Muttaqi assured both the Turkmen Ambassador, who was also present at the meeting and the Consul General of adequate cooperation in bilateral initiatives, adding that Afghanistan is geared up to work with full commitment to begin practical work on TAPI and TAP projects.
Furthermore, Foreign Minister Muttaqi thanked the Turkmen government for their help to people impacted by the earthquakes that recently occurred in Herat province.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 1,482 deaths, 2,100 injuries, 43,400 people affected, and 114,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. The 11, 15, and 28 October 2023 combined earthquakes that hit the Herat region of Afghanistan have destroyed on a massive level.
The incoming Turkmen Consul General extended gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and vowed to collaborate closely with Herat province officials on important matters.
The Turkmen Ambassador described Afghanistan-Turkmen relations as friendly and expressed optimism that the head of state of the Islamic Emirate will visit Turkmenistan soon.
Concerning the practical start of the TAPI and TAP projects, the Turkmen Ambassador stated that his country was working on numerous solutions, which would be communicated with the Afghan side once finalized.
TAPI is a 1,840-kilometer-long trans-country pipeline project that will deliver up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh and adjacent gas fields to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India over the next 30 years.
Similarly, the TAP project will entail building a 500-kilometer-long 500-kilovolt transmission line connecting Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It will transfer up to 4,000 megawatts of Turkmen power to the other two countries.