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Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan to hold NorthSouth Corridor workshop

Moscow, Road ministers of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan on Thursday agreed to set up a workshop to create a roadmap to make NorthSouth Corridor operational.

During the meeting which took place in the Russian resort city of Sochi, the three ministers discussed issues related to NorthSouth corridor as well as the roadmap to make the corridor operational.

Iran's Roads and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami, Russian Minister of Transportation Yevgeny Dietrich and Azeri Minister of Transportation Ramin Guluzade also dealt with the customs and railrelated affairs of the corridor.

The International North�South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a 7,200kmlong multimode network of ship, rail, and road route for transporting freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.

The route primarily involves transferring freight from India, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia via ship, rail and road. The objective of the corridor is to increase trade connectivity between major cities such as Mumbai, Moscow, Tehran, Baku, Bandar Abbas, Astrakhan, Bandar Anzali, etc.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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