Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan sign trilateral agreement on rail corridor
Tehran, IRNA – Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed a tripartite MoU on railroad cooperation on Saturday, Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development (MRUD) said.
The MoU was negotiated and agreed upon on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit.
As per the new MoU, a joint working group will be formed to follow up rail transit between Iran, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.
The MoU follows the agreement that was signed a month ago between the CEO of Iran’s railway company and his Turkmen counterpart.
MRUD said that the agreement would result in increased rail transits from/to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through Iran.
Subsequently, it will expand operations through International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), and develop political and economic relations through this international corridor, the ministry added.
Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran (KTI) Railway Corridor has been constructed and was put into operation at the end of 2014.
The inception meeting for the Study Project on Commercialization of KTI Railway Corridor was held in Tehran in 2019.
The possibilities of commercialization through railway transport are particularly important for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) because of the cost-effectiveness of railways in carrying heavy freights over long distances and in providing access to seaports.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA