Turkmen president: Central Asia is OSCE strategic priority
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov.4 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
As OSCE full member, Turkmenistan stands for establishing a multi-aspect cooperation intended to positively impact development processes worldwide, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov said at a meeting with OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier, Altin Asir TV channel reported on Friday.
Berdimuhammadov said "today Central Asia is a strategic priority of the OSCE activity".
The meeting reaffirmed the parties' willingness to further consolidate efforts to ensure global security and stability by countering such threats as drug trafficking, international terrorism and transnational crime.
The most important aspect of cooperation within the organization was also "the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, in economic revival of which Turkmenistan makes a substantial contribution over the years".
In this regard, according to the OSCE head, Turkmenistan's initiative to increase electricity supply to Afghanistan, as well as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, is of special significance, which "promises a great economic benefit not only to the participant countries of large-scale project, but to all countries in the region".
The Asian Development Bank actively promotes this project funding the preparation of its feasibility study.
The basic document to advance TAPI project is an inter-state agreement to start implementation of TAPI, signed at a high level in Ashgabat in December 2010.
The length of TAPI can hit more than 1,700 km, its design capacity - 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, the cost is estimated at $7-8 billion.