An agreement to complete the construction of the 30-kilometer Shalamche-Basra railway, which will connect the national railway networks of Iran and Iraq, was signed.

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This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the Railway Gazette.

The Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Railways of the Iraqi Republic plan to establish a joint venture within two months to implement a long-planned project.

“The agreement has a clear timetable, and one of its points is that the project will begin within the next month,” said Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostam Qasemi after signing an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart Nasser Hussein Bandar Al-Shibli in Baghdad on 27th of December.

“For almost 20 years, we have conducted numerous negotiations with the Iraqi side on the construction of the Shalamche-Basra railway, and many memorandums have been signed, which have not led to the desired result.”

The Iranian ministry said the line would fill a gap in east-west transport corridors, providing Iraq with rail access to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and other countries. Freight traffic will boost trade, while passenger traffic will include pilgrims bound for Kerbala in Iraq.

Among the main elements of the project is the construction of a bridge connecting the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway, which will take a year and a half to build. It is necessary to clear from mines about 20 km of the route.

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