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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkmens Revive Afghan Pipe Talks

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- The leaders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have discussed prospects for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan.

In talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov also promised to provide Afghanistan with electric power worth $300,000 at no cost.

"This is a big gift from the Turkmen people to the Afghan people," Berdymukhammedov said at a joint news conference late last week.

Karzai said the discussions focused on a potential trans-Afghan gas pipeline -- an idea raised more than a decade ago, but stymied by violence and political instability in Afghanistan.

Karzai said Berdymukhammedov proposed building a railroad linking the two countries, calling it "very interesting." He said he would discuss the projects with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.