Middle East

Iranian rail link paves way for new Central Asian trading routes

Dubai: A new rail line linking Turkmenistan with Iran could offer landlocked Central Asian nations a new import and export route via Iranian ports when the line is completed before year-end. The rail link also connects with Kazakhstan

Authorities said over the weekend the rail link would be finished within nine months.

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, offering Iranian traders an alternative route too to destinations in Europe and Asia. The construction of the rail link started in 2009.  [09/03/14]

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