Iran, Afghanistan open first railway link

Iran, Afghanistan open first railway link
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  • calendar-gray 10 December 2020

The leaders of Iran and Afghanistan on Thursday inaugurated the first railway link between the two countries, expressing hope it would enhance trade links across the region, APA reports citing Indianexpress.

The 140-kilometer (90-mile) line running from eastern Iran into western Afghanistan will eventually be expanded by 85 kilometers to reach the Afghan city of Herat, providing a crucial transport link for the landlocked country, where decades of war have hindered infrastructure development.

The USD 75 million project began in 2007, with Iran funding construction on both sides of the border as part of its development assistance to Afghanistan. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a video conference, called it "one of the historic days" in relations between the two countries.


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