MOSCOW - Kabul, Islamabad and Dushanbe Saturday welcomed Russia's interest in joining the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project linking the four countries.
"The sides welcome Russia's interest towards participation in the implementation of the project to build a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Tajik President Emomali Rahmanov said in a joint statement after their summit in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, Interfax news agency reported.
The joint statement confirmed that they attach great importance to promoting and strengthening trade, business and security ties between their countries.
It also called for joint efforts to counter terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and organised crime.
They also announced readiness to make efforts to speed up the CASA-1000 electricity transmission project, as well as to create financial sources for it. (UNI)