T.A.T becoming T.A -Turkmenistan Afghanistan Tajikistan Rail Project T.A.T Faces Backtracking of Tajikistan

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Islamabad(Monitoring Desk) Tajikistan has started giving "confusing" signals on the connectivity project in central asia that will establish rail connection in between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan (T.A.T).Turkmenistan side has already completed construction for this international project that can connect more countries in the future but Tajikistan's side is looking it the other way.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan expressed its misunderstanding to the Tajik side in connection with the statement of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mr. Imomi Sodik Ashurboyzoda, on Sep 22 that Dushanbe intends to "defer to better times" the idea of building a railroad TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Tajikistan. 
 
However, on 25 September Aki Press said that Radio Ozodi had reported that a high-level official in the Ministry of Transport of Tajikistan had said work on the project was continuing, Tajik authorities had identified a route and Afghanistan should decide on the route of its section of the line. “We want to have an alternative to the railway running through Uzbekistan,” the transport ministry official reportedly stated.
 
Comments of the Turkmen side on the above-mentioned statement of the Tajik diplomat are officially communicated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan.

Associated Press adds; A railroad project in Central Asia is apparently up in the air, with Turkmenistan saying that a Tajik envoy’s statement apparently backtracking on the project is incomprehensible.

Tajik Ambassador to Uzbekistan Imom Sodiq Ashourboyzoda said this week that his country has decided to indefinitely postpone building the railroad linking it with Turkmenistan via Afghanistan. The ambassador said the plan is no longer feasible because of an improvement in ties with Uzbekistan.

The stretch of the railroad linking Turkmenistan and Afghanistan was opened in 2016. Turkmenistan had hoped the 88-kilometer (55-mile) line would be extended east to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and onward to China.

29 Sep 2018