Ahmadinejad: New Railway Network to Change Transportation Pattern in Region

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the railway which is due to link Iran to Turkmenistan and then to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will change the paradigm of transportation in the region.

“This (railway) network changes the region’s transportation map and pattern,” Ahmadinejad said, addressing the inauguration ceremony of industrial and development projects in Bandar Abbas in the Southern Hormozgan province on Sunday.

“This railway network will cause a major part of trips to shift to the Eastern side of the Caspian Sea,” which will then lead to the central parts of Iran through the nationwide railway network, he continued.

“Once Iran needed small and unimportant parts, but today we witness that Iranian engineers are making and launching the biggest factories in this country (Iran) one after another,” he said, praising the Iranian experts and engineers working on the transnational railway project.

The railway will link Iran to Turkmenistan and then to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and will connect the CIS countries with the Indian Ocean and high seas and the Persian Gulf littoral states.

The primary agreement on the construction of the rail link among Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan was signed between presidents of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in April 2007 in the city of Turkmenbashi and its final agreement was signed in a summit meeting in Tehran in September of the same year by the three presidents.

The total route of the railway is 1000 kilometers, of which 90 kilometers would be in Iran, 700 kilometers in Turkmenistan and 210 kilometers in Kazakhstan.

The railway facilitates transportation of goods from the Central Asian countries to the Persian Gulf.

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