Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran discuss joint railway project

Tehran, March 2, IRNA – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran are discussing the joint railway project in a meeting which kicked off here on Sunday.

Representatives of the three Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states are reviewing the latest developments regarding the execution of the railway project.

Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway is a part of the North-South international transport corridor.

It is assumed that the railroad would create additional routes linking Kazakhstan, the central regions of Russia and Turkmenistan, Iran, Persian Gulf countries, South and Southeast Asia and will increase transit freight and passenger traffic, reduce transport costs, save time for travel and cause economic growth in the regions through which the railway will run.

A trilateral intergovernmental agreement was signed in 2007 between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran on the Zhanaozen-Gyzylgaya-Bereket-Etrek-Gorgan railway line with subsequent access to the Russian railway network, which will shorten the route by 600 kilometers. The construction operation started in 2009.



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