After stalling for months on a price agreement over Turkmenistan’s demand for higher-costing gas to supply the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, India unexpectedly undercut Pakistan by striking a bilateral deal directly with Turkmenistan for an undisclosed amount, Pakistan’s media reported. Islamabad’s efforts to insist on a uniform gas price broke down after India's deal, so Islamabad told Ashgabat that it would match the lowest gas price, Pakistan’s daily The News reported, citing an unnamed official close to the negotiations. Pakistan then announced on August 14 that Turkmenistan had agreed to provide 30 billion cubic meters via TAPI, The Nation of Pakistan reported.
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