Turkmenistan's president in Pakistan for talks on pipeline

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Turkmenistan's president has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit that is likely to focus on a proposed gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India.

The project, known as TAPI, is aimed at meeting the regional energy needs.

Pakistani state-run TV showed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif receiving Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Wednesday, complete with a military guard of honor. The rare visit is considered important, especially after Russia no more buys Turkmen gas.

The four countries' leaders broke ground for the billion dollars project in December 2015 in the Turkmen city of Mary.

Sharif has been very ambitious about the pipeline ever since he took office mid 2013 after winning elections on a major promise of making Pakistan energy self-sufficient.