Tehran, Baku to start implementation of North-South Corridor
"The two sides agreed on construction of the Rasht-Astara railways as well as completion of Qazvin-Rasht railways and its connection to Rasht-Astara by 2016," Iranian Ambassador in Azerbajian Mohsen Pakaein said on Friday.
"The Silk Road will also be completed by the Iranian and Azeri railways, and European countries such as Finland can be connected via Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman," he added.
Earlier in September, Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi reiterated Tehran's willingness to expand its railway connections with neighbors, and said Iran is ready to complete Qazvin-Rasht-Anzali-Astara railway through cooperation with Russia and Azerbaijan.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Azeri Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev in Tehran.
Akhoundi said that for the development of Iran-Azerbaijan transportation relations in addition to the completion of Qazvin-Astara railway which might take several years, two short-term mechanisms are proposed for speedy implementation. ■