Joining national railway to neighbors on agenda: minister

Tabriz, East Azarbaijan prov, Dec 12, IRNA – Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said on Friday that joining national railway to neighboring countries is on the agenda of the Iranian government.

Akhoundi said that development of border roads is the physical translation of the government’s policy of interaction with the world. In order to achieve this goal, he said the government is seriously seeking to join the country’s networks of railway and roads to the Asian networks.

In addition to efforts to join Iran’s railway to Iraq, the Iranian government is planning to join the domestic Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Akhoundi said.

The minister said that economic growth of the country highly depends on connections and interactions with the world. He said one way to fulfill this goal is to expand transport system in air, land and railway areas to help increase Iran’s share in the global trade.

He said that the recent inauguration of Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway — known as East Caspian Sea Corridor – was a successful model of implementation of this policy.



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