Railroad to connect Iran, Afghanistan

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (MNA) – Railway official Hossein Ashouri said the railroad connecting Iran to its eastern neighbor Afghanistan will become operational in the coming Iranian year (to begin March 21).

Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railway Company for Operation Affairs Hossein Ashouri said the rail project has reached the borderline with Afghanistan though the remaining part, which resides in the soil of the neighboring country, is expected to be accomplished by the end of the upcoming year.

The official recounted on Iran-Afghanistan railway project saying “infrastructures have been completed in the Afghan side though pavement lines need to be constructed.”

“Of the two rail blocks which are being built, foundations of one is 50% through while the figure for the other is 25 per cent,” he continued.

He underlined that one key measure at Iran’s Railways was to strengthen bonds with neighboring states as well as completion of missing links in rail transit; “since the past, Iran’s railway has been connected to Turkmenistan through Sarakhs as well as to Turkey through Razi border and also to Pakistan through Mirjaveh,” he recalled.

“In recent years, we joined Turkmenistan through Incheboron, as the second boundary point, while we will connect to Azerbaijan through Astara border within three months.”

Ashouri noted that increasing volume of railroad transit was a component of Resistance Economy; “the issue has been seriously pursued in recent years with formation of a transit committee.”

The official underscored that any rise in goods transit will lift revenues of the government, increase reliance of neighboring states on Iran and improve national security no to mention the boost in regional stability.

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