New Central Asian Railway to Iran Is Planned

20 de junio de 2007

June 20 (LPAC)--Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, who has just returned from an official visit to Iran, stated that he had received Iran's agreement to build a railway link to join the Central Asian Republics to the Persian Gulf ports.

This "North-South" railway is to go from Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan, and thence to the coast of the Persian Gulf. "Our Iranian brothers," the president stated, "have agreed to implement this large-scale project."

The AP reported that the deal should be signed at a Caspian Sea summit in Tehran later this year.

The railway project, which could transport 10 million metric tons of cargo per year, is part of the rail corridor linking Russia and eastern European countries with the Persian Gulf and Indian subcontinent.