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Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Whereas only one month earlier it seemed that the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) pipeline was on track, at the meeting of the TAPI steering committee in Ashgabat on July 10th, in which delegates from the four participating countries reaffirmed their commitment to the project, agreeing to form a company that would begin operations in September, and setting a target for completion of the pipeline network by 2017. In mid-July, after nearly 20 years of negotiations, Turkmenistan inked a 30-year gas deal with Afghanistan. Skepticism towards the viability of this project now seems well justified, as tensions between Pakistan and India, as well as instability in Afghanistan, are a major obstacle to TAPI.

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