According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Taliban’s caretaker government, the ministry’s leadership and Turkmen authorities have inked an agreement on the import of thousands of tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Turkmenistan.

The import of LPG, colloquially known as cylinder gas, from Turkmenistan, was reportedly discussed at a meeting with the Afghanistan National Standards Authority, Afghanistan Oil and Gas Corporation, and the economic advisor to the Taliban prime minister, according to the ministry.

Following several joint meetings with Turkmenistan’s authorities, the ministry announced in a statement that they had struck a deal to increase the country’s gas imports. As a result, thousands of tons of cylinder gas will be brought into the country from the ports of Hayratan, Aqina, and Turghandi.

The price of gas will considerably drop with the import of the purchased LPG into the country’s markets, according to the state-run Bakhtar News Agency quoting respective Taliban officials.

Recently, Afghanistan’s markets have seen an unprecedented rise in the cost of fuels, as a kilogram of cylinder gas costs 78 Afghanis and a liter of diesel has reached 120 Afghanis.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).