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Pakistan, Iran and Turkey Agree On Restoration Of Trilateral Rail Link


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

15th Jan, 2021. 08:29 pm
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Pakistan, Iran and Turkey Agree On Restoration Of Trilateral Rail Link

The Pakistani, Turkish and Iranian governments have agreed to revive the rail link project. Mutual agreement on this trilateral rail project first came to light in 2009.

Possible rail links between the three countries include Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad. According to analysts, the establishment of this rail track will increase trade between the two countries as well as increase the number of tourists from the three countries. In addition, this transport link will be able to play a key role in improving relations between the three countries.

Upon completion of this railway track, its total length will be six thousand five hundred kilometres (four thousand thirty miles). One thousand nine hundred and fifty kilometres of this long track will be laid in Turkey. In Iran, the length of this track will be 2600 km, while in Pakistan, the railway track will be spread over 1,990 km.

Apparently, the Islamabad, Istanbul and Tehran (ITI project) railway projects are not part of the Belt and Road Initiative, which is being built with Chinese cooperation, but may eventually join it.

Earlier, the Iranian government has decided to build the railway project from Chahbahar port to Zahedan on its own.

It should be noted that Iran had signed an agreement with New Delhi four years ago for this project bordering Afghanistan.

The Iranian government has claimed that a delay in funding from India for a project to build a 628-kilometre railway line led to its separation from the multi-million dollar project.

According to the reports, Iran will use $400 million of its Iranian National Development Fund for the project instead of relying on financial support from India.

The railway project, to be completed by March 2022, was inaugurated last week by Iranian Minister of Transport Mohammad Islami.

The development comes as China is finalizing a $400 billion strategic partnership with Iran.

According to the report, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Railway Constructions Limited (ARCON) declined to comment on the matter.

However, when asked whether the MoU has been cancelled as the project was started without it, Indian officials said, “India can join it later.”

 

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