23.02.2018. On the eve of the historic event - the Ceremony of laying the Afghan section of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India - a collection of numismatic rarities issued by the Central Bank of the country was supplemented with a set of commemorative gold and silver coins with a face value of 100 manat. Numismatic novelties were made by the old partner of our country - Great Britain Mint "Royal Mint".

On the front side of both coins in the center against the background of sand dunes the geographical maps of the states participating in the TAPI project with their names in the Turkmen language are depicted - TÜRKMENISTAN, OWGANYSTAN, PÄKISTAN, HINDISTAN. Here the route of the gas pipeline is indicated and the points of its destination are marked in each country. In the direction of this route is depicted a camel caravan symbolizing the Great Silk Road. In the upper part there is a power transmission line, which is planned to be extended parallel to the TAPI route. In the lower part there is a gas pipeline in the form of a large diameter pipe, on the left side of which a flame breaks out. A fiber-optic cable stretches over the pipe, sparkling at the edge and ending on the image of the map of India. On the circumference there are inscriptions "TÜRKMENISTAN-OWGANYSTAN-PÄKISTAN-HINDISTAN GAZ GEÇIRIJISI" and "AŞGABAT 2018", separated by octagons.

On the back side of the rarities in the center is the State Emblem of Turkmenistan, on top of which is the inscription "TÜRKMENISTANYŇ MERKEZI BANKY", and in the lower part - "ÜÜZ MANAT". There are also hallmark and weight. Inscriptions are separated from each other by octagonal patterns.

Commemorative coins with a diameter of 38.61 mm were minted from pure gold - 916.7 standard and silver - 925 standard. Their weight is respectively 39.94 and 28.28 grams. The attached certificate of the Central Bank of Turkmenistan guarantees the quality of collection novelties – “proof”.

A set of coins from precious metals will replenish an invaluable numismatic collection, created in our country and will become a good gift for numerous domestic and foreign collectors.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan.

23.02.2018. Commissioning of the Serhetabat–Torghundi railway took place today as one of events dedicated to the ground-breaking ceremony of the new section of the TAPI pipeline and laying of electric power and fiber-optic lines along the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan route.
The celebration was attended by the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India, Mobashar Jawed Akbar , who have recently arrived in our country.
The first train started off today from Turkmenistan’s border-area station of Serhetabat towards the Herat province of neighboring Afghanistan. The list of freights that will be transported along the new railway include oil products, food and industrial goods, construction materials made in Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan entirely assumed the construction of the new Turkmenistan–Afghanistan railway line, as part of comprehensive help and support to the people of Afghanistan. These issues were discussed at the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan that took place in Ashgabat in mid-November 2017 where agreements, important for the region as a whole, were reached. By the end of that very month the Turkmen railmen began the construction of the steel line towards the town of Torghundi that has been commissioned today.
With Afghanistan’s involvement in the projects for establishing the extensive transport infrastructure, the country will have a unique opportunity to use its geographical dividends as a transport and transit hub on the Eurasian continent.

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23.02.2018. The ceremonies of launching the construction of Afghanistan section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, laying the foundation of the electricity transmission lines and fibre-optic lines Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and opening of the Serhetabat-Turgundi railway took place in Serhetabat Etrap, Mary Velayat.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Mubashir Javed Akbar attended the ceremonies.

The Chairperson of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, and public organizations of Turkmenistan took part in the events. The heads of the missions accredited in our country, the delegations from several countries, the representatives of authoritative international financial structures, including the Asian and Islamic Development Banks, foreign businessmen, foreign and national media attended the solemn ceremonies.

The teleconference bridge arranged during the ceremony broadcast the welding of the joint of two steel pipes of a TAPI section, as well as laying the foundation of the electricity transmission lines and fibre-optic lines.

The construction of the Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline started in December 2015. The 1.840-kilometer TAPI gas pipeline will provide the opportunity to export 33 billion cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas annually.

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22.02.2018. Regular 25th session of the Board Committee of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line project with the participation of high-rank officials and representative of profile ministers and departments of participating countries as well as Asian Development Bank took place in Administration centre of Mary Velayat.

The agenda included key subjects of further practical realization of this grandiose project. Particularly, the project was decided to be divided in phases and the schedule of their completion was adopted.

Besides, the participants of the session paid special attention to financial advisor selection, opportunities of attraction of external investments as well as discussed legal status of the agreements with the governments of receiving countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan), which are planned to be signed.

Report on the work performed by «TAPI Pipeline Company Limited» chaired by the State Concern Turkmengaz was listened to during the meeting.

The participants also agreed and took decision on important issues related to legal and technical aspects.

As is known the construction of this pipeline was started in December 2015 in Mary Velayat. The importance of the events was highlighted by the participation of the President of Turkmenistan, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Vice President of the Republic of India.

22.02.2018. Administration centre of Mary Velayat hosted the talks between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Hakan Abbasi who arrived to our country for the participation in the launch of construction of new facilities – Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline, power and fibre optic lines Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan as well as in the opening of Serhetabat – Turgundy railway.

After official photography ceremony on the background of the State flags of two countries, the talks between the President of Turkmenistan and the Head of Pakistan Government took place in one-on-one format.

Having highlighted his pleasure to welcome the Head of Pakistan Government in Turkmen land, the Head of the State expressed the gratitude to Prime Minister Shahid Hakan Abbasi for accepted invitation to visit Turkmenistan and to take part in the ceremonies on occasion of remarkable events, which would be written in the history of interstate relations with golden letters.

Having noted the importance paid by our country to cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated with delight productive character of Turkmen – Pakistani dialog that received rapid dynamics of the development owing to the efforts of the sides.

Having expressed the gratitude for the invitation to visit Turkmenistan and cordial welcome and hospitality, the Prime Minister of Pakistan made special mention of personal contribution of the Head of Turkmenistan to the consolidation of traditionally friendly interstate relations that receive new features and content at present.

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