Iran, Pakistan seal MoU on Zahedan-Quetta train

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) – Iran and Pakistan have inked an MoU aiming to develop trade relations via Quetta-Zahedan railroad.

In a ceremony in presence of Iranian and Pakistani officials on Tuesday, Director general of Southeast Railways Seyed Mostafa Davoudi, who has travelled to Quetta as the provincial capital of Baluchistan in Pakistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over Quetta-Zahedan train which will ply on the 750-km railroad once a week.

In his visit to Baluchistan of Pakistan, Davoudi also met and talked with the head and members of Quetta’s chamber of commerce.

According to the newly-signed MoU, the two sides have agreed to launch freight train service between Quetta and Zahedan on a regular basis in order to escalate trade cooperation between Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan and Pakistan’s Balochistan provinces as well as between the two countries.

The Iranian official stressed during the meeting that establishment of regular cargo train between the two neighboring states would enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Davoudi stressed that the new railway connection is not restricted to two bordering provinces; rather, it marks a good platform for businessmen from all over the country to run safe and inexpensive transport of products.

He added that according to another MoU it was agreed that railway transportation in this route receives 10 to 30 percent price discount.

A freight train carrying rice from Pakistan had recently left for Iran’s Zahedan while the train will also be capable of transporting fuel from Iran to Pakistan once tankers are available.

Quetta is located in Pakistan's Baluchistan province while Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province in southeast of Iran.





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