Afghanistan to import LNG from Turkmenistan
Afghanistan's Taliban militia have signed an agreement with Turkmenistan on the import of 600 tons of LNG.
Afghan sources said that the agreement was signed recently by the two sides and the Turkmen gas would be supplied to energy-deficient areas of war-torn Afghanistan.
Trade between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan has grown by 11 % in the past year despite the near international isolation of the Taliban militia.
Turkmenistan is the third country in the world after Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, with which the Taliban enjoy normal relations and are involved in considerable two-way trade.
The Taliban also signed an agreement with Turkmenistan in September on the import of petrol, diesel and jet fuel.
Afghanistan has been dependent entirely on fuel imports from neighbouring Iran before the Taliban signed the agreements with Turkmenistan.
Besides fuel, Afghanistan is also importing electricity, cloth, wheat, fertiliser and machinery from Turkmenistan while its exports to its central Asian neighbour include rice, carpets and dry fruits.