Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 91

In Ashgabat September 7, the Turkmen and Pakistani presidents Saparmurat Niyazov and Farooq Leghari discussed plans for a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to the Indian Ocean via Afghanistan and Pakistan. The plans envisage pumping 20 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The presidents agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to expand the project by adding a railway and a highway along the route of the gas pipeline. The day before, Turkmenistan signed a pipeline construction agreement with Iran (see the Monitor, September 6). Turkmenistan boasts fourth place in the world with regard to gas reserves and output. (17)

1. Itar-Tass; Russia’s Radio; Russian public television; Moscow’s Echo Radio, all September 7.

2. Russian TV, September 6

3. Interfax September 7

4. Interfax, September 7; Radio Russia, September 6-7; Russian TV, September 6

5. Russian public television, Itar-Tass, and Moscow TV, September 6

6. Itar-Tass and Radio Mayak, September 6

7. Interfax, September 7

8. NTV, September 6; Interfax, September 7

9. Moskovsky komsomolets, September 7

10. Russia’s Radio, September 7

11. Russia’s Radio, September 6; Interfax, September 7

12. Basapress, September 7

13. Interfax, Reuters, September 7

14. Baltic agencies, September 7

15. Interfax, September 7

16. Interfax, September 7

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