Indian President may join Pakistani leaders to attend TAPI event

New Delhi: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind may visit Turkmenistan in February 2018 and attend a ceremony to mark the completion of the construction of first part of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, Indian media reported.

Kovind has been invited by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to attend the ceremony at Turkmenistan’s border with Afghanistan.

Berdimuhamedov extended the invitation when he recently called Kovind. The two presidents reviewed “issues of common interest and expressed satisfaction at growing bilateral relations”.

The TAPI gas pipeline project was announced in May 2002. India joined the consortium in 2008. The TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL) was incorporated in 2014.