Middle EastOperations

Iran dismisses canal speculation linking Persian Gulf with the Caspian

Iranian authorities have denied the country has held talks with neighbouring Russia over building a new canal.

Russian media had reported the two nations were looking at building a waterway connecting the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Iran has said it is reviewing the idea but has not held official dialogue with Russia yet.

The last few years have been dramatic ones for global canal projects with the widening of the Suez and Panama canals, a mooted Chinese-funded waterway through Nicaragua and speculation that the centuries old plans for a waterway through the Thai isthmus might be revived.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
Back to top button