Iran and Azerbaijan agree to join rail networks to build freight route


Iran and Azerbaijan yesterday agreed to work towards completing their respective sections of a planned freight rail route from Europe to South Asia, Reuters reports.

Citing Iranian state news agency IRNA, it reported that following talks between Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and his counterpart Ilham Aliyev, the two countries signed an accord to link their rail systems on a trial basis.

The planned freight route, called the North-South International Transport Corridor, aims to connect northern Europe to South Asia by using the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, Reuters reports. A shipping service to extend the service into South Asia is to be set up between Iran’s Gulf port of Bandar Abbas and Mumbai in India.