Tehran (IP) - Iran is trying to extend its railway connection in the region via the Khaf-Herat railway, and Iran's railway network will broaden to Pakistan and India.

Iran PressIran news: Saeed Rasoli, Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development, stated that Iran has close cooperation with the region's railways.

At the opening ceremony of the training course for Afghan railway staff on Tuesday, Rasoli said that Iran and Afghanistan have long-lasting historical and cultural ties and are connecting via railway.

"It is also suggested by the International Union of Railways (UIC) that Iran develop the Afghanistan railway," Rasoli underlined.

Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development also announced that the regional countries like India and Iraq had asked the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways to train their railway staff.

"The 52-day training course aims to train the staff and develop the  Afghanistan railway", he added.

He said Iran is trying to extend its railway connection in the region as soon as possible and said the Road and Urban Development Minister had written a letter to the Afghanistan government, asking them to extend railway cooperation.

During the Khaf-Herat railway inauguration ceremony, Afghanistan's goods were sent to Turkey and Emirates, concluded Saeed Rasoli highlighted.

The 225-km Khaf-Herat railroad project can transfer six million tons of goods and one million passengers a year.

The operation of the Khaf-Herat railway is an important step in developing the railway network, which can increase Iran's share in the transit of goods between Europe and Asia and strengthen its position in the east-west corridors.


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