Tajik Envoy Discuss Construction of Railway Linking Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran

DUSHANBE, December 29 (Asia Plus)

Tajik Ambassador to Afghanistan Sharofiddin Imomov met with Afghan Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili to discuss the prospect of further expansion of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Special attention was paid to the project for the construction of a railway from Tajikistan via Afghanistan to Iran.

This project has been discussed by officials of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran over the past two years. A meeting of foreign ministers of the three countries was held in Dushanbe on March 24-25 this year (2008). The trilateral summit was intended to bolster new efforts at trilateral cooperation and establishing a Tajik-Iranian-Afghan economic council.

The project envisions the construction of a new railway link connecting Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China, aimed at boosting trade, increasing exports, and easing transit costs in the region, as well as expanding passenger traffic.