Turkmenistan announced that it will shut off electricity to northern Afghanistan after the authorities rebuffed Ashgabat’s demand for a 100 percent price increase.
Afghan Delegation To Visit Turkmenistan For Power Talks
Officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat on Wednesday said that a high-level delegation from Afghanistan is expected to visit Turkmenistan next week to hold talks with the Turkmen officials over the power supply to Afghanistan.
Earlier the Turkmen government announced that it will shut off electricity to northern Afghanistan after the Afghan authorities rebuffed Ashgabat’s demand for a 100 percent price increase.
Turkmenistan had proposed the price of electricity to be increased from two cents to four cents per kilowatt hour.
"Citizens of the country are now facing electricity shortages. The government should focus on the domestic resources for generating electricity instead of importing electricity from abroad," said MPA Zahra Tokhi.
According to Breshna officials, as a result of talks with Turkmenistan, the Turkmen officials have agreed to export electricity to Afghanistan with two cents per kilowatt hour for one month.
"It is expected that a high-level delegation will go to Ashgabat of Turkmenistan and hold talks there. They will inform the Turkmen officials that four cents (per kilowatt hour) is a much higher price and it is not affordable for the citizens," said Wahidullah Tawhidi, spokesman for Breshna.