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Turkmenistan Still Interested In Trans-Afghan Pipeline --> President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo) (AFP) July 5, 2007 -- Turkmenistan says it is still interested in a $2 billion project to build a gas pipeline across Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov made the comment to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, who started a two-day visit to Turkmenistan today.

Berdymukhammedov also said his country will be ready to ship 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the pipeline. Karzai said all countries along the pipeline's route would stand to gain.

A spokesman in Kabul said earlier in the day that Afghanistan is hoping the project will create 12,000 jobs for Afghans and eventually bring in $300 million in annual transit tariffs.

(compiled from agency reports)

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