The Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansour Ahmad Khan, said that the countries involved in the TAPI project want the project to move forward.
He said that the security challenges facing the TAPI pipeline have been removed and it is the time to complete the project.
However, he cited "lack of banking transaction" as one of the main challenges for TAPI, but said his country supported the project.
“All the countries involved in TAPI project, they want the TAPI project to move forward as soon as possible because it will be important for energy supplies from Central Asia to South Asia,” he said. “…I think in the last few months, negotiations have been underway. One of the main challenges in the past has been security. One of the challenges now in the current circumstances is lack of banking transaction.”
The Ministry of Economy said the implementation of the TAPI project would boost the economy and reduce the rate of poverty in the country.
Deputy Minister of Economy, Abdul Latif Nazari, said that the TAPI project was not started on schedule because of technical problems.
“There isn’t any specific political obstacle for the TAPI project, but there are some technical problems that will be solved soon,” he said.
"The work on the TAPI project has begun and it has not been halted but the ceremony that should be held for the resumption of work on it has not happened,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
The TAPI project is a pipeline beginning in Turkmenistan and connecting to Pakistan via Afghanistan.