TEHRAN (Tasnim) – With the launch of Shalamcheh-Basra Railway, Iran will be connected to countries like Jordan, Syria and other neighboring countries in addition to Iraq, an official said Thursday.
Iranian Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development for Transportation Affairs Shahriar Afandizadeh highlighted the significance of trade and economic relations between Iran and Iraq, and said five provinces of Iran and Iraq share a border and Shalamcheh is the most important border crossing.
For many years, efforts have been made to connect the rail network from Shalamcheh to Basra, according to which, Iran can connect its railway to the holy city of Karbala, he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Afandizadeh pointed to the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Iraqi officials and added that the construction operation of the Shalamcheh-Basra Railway project would be terminated within one and a half years.
This railway will be 32 kilometers long and when it is launched, Iran’s railway network will be connected to Jordan, Syria, and also other neighboring states.