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19th round of TAPI Steering Committee
Nov 24, 2014

he Indian Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan attended the 19th round of TAPI Steering Committee Meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The meeting made progress towards realisation of the TAPI gas pipeline project. The meeting was attended by Petroleum Ministers of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Asian Development Bank (ADB) which is the Transaction Advisor to facilitate the project also participated in the meeting.

It was decided that the next meeting of the Steering Committee will be held in February 2015 in Islamabad. It was also agreed that remaining issues will be addressed before the meeting. All sides agreed that steps will be taken to start the project by 2015.

A meeting of India and Pakistan Petroleum ministers also took place on the margins of TAPI Steering Committee Meeting. The two Ministers discussed various issues of mutual interest including expediting the TAPI project and possibility of supply of LNG to Pakistan from India. The two Ministers agreed that such issues of mutual interest in the sphere of energy should be pursued with priority.

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