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'Peace pipeline' for South Asia

In a moment of historic accord, Afghan, Indian, Pakistani and Turkmen leaders launched the TAPI gas pipeline from Mary, Turkmenistan, on Sunday. (Photo by Press Information Bureau)

NEW DELHI -- With the world's fourth largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan has begun work on a multi-billion-dollar pipeline to supply energy-starved Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

     On Sunday, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was joined by President Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan, Vice President Hamid Ansari from India and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan in a ceremony to break ground on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Indian (TAPI) pipeline at Mary, the historic Silk Road city close to the Galkynysh gas field.

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