Azerbaijan and Iran discussed prospects of Astara-Astara railway line in Baku
Azerbaijan fulfilled all commitments undertaken as part of the International North-South Transport Corridor project’s implementation.
This was stated by Javid Gurbanov, chairman of the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, at a meeting with deputy minister of roads and urban development of Iran, Director General of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Mohammadzadeh on March 1, the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC said in a message.
During the meeting, the sides discussed construction of Iran’s Astara terminal, the transportation prospects along the Astara (Iran) – Astara (Azerbaijan) railway as part of the International North-South Transport Corridor.
Gurbanov said that the construction of the railway station in Iran’s Astara and the construction of terminals for unloading of cargo are being completed at the territory of 35 hectares.
He also noted that Azerbaijan Railways and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways signed an agreement on the project “Construction and operation of the Astara loading and unloading terminal”.
According to the agreement, the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC leases a 1.4 kilometer-long railway line for 15 years, and a terminal for 25 years, he said, adding that the Astara (Azerbaijan) – Astara (Iran) international railway is planned to be commissioned in the near future.
During the discussions it was noted that the International North-South Transport Corridor will unite the railways of the Scandinavian countries, Russia, and Azerbaijan in a single network.
Saeed Mohammadzadeh said that this project will strengthen the railway communications of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia, the transit and economic potential of these countries, as well as give impetus to the cargo flow in this direction.
The Astara (Iran) – Astara (Azerbaijan) railway line, which is the basis of the International North-South Transport Corridor, will connect the railway systems of Iran and Russia through Azerbaijan