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Turkmen President in Pakistan For Talks On TAPI Pipeline

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit that is expected to focus on a proposed gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan, and on to India.

The project, known as TAPI, is aimed at meeting the region’s energy needs.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received Berdymukhammedov in Islamabad on March 16.

The rare visit is considered important, especially as Russia no longer buys Turkmen gas.

The four countries' leaders broke ground for the billion-dollars project last December in the Turkmen city of Mary.

Sharif has been ambitious about the pipeline ever since he took office in mid-2013 after winning elections on a major promise of making Pakistan energy self-sufficient.

Based on reporting by AP and Xinhua

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