Friday, August 27, 2004

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IranMania News: "Tajiks-Afghans's access to warm waters by Iran

LONDON, August 25 (IranMania) - Deputy Minister of Roads and Transportation Ahmad Sadeq Banab Tuesday said that once the road project linking Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan is implemented, the Tajiks and Afghans will have access to warm waters.

He told Iran's State News Agency (IRNA) that 36 road projects are currently underway in Iran and six others in Afghanistan to complete this transit corridor.

"Once the projects are finalized, road and railway link among the three countries will be established and a major development will be achieved in regional transportation and economic sectors. "The transit route will also connect the northern and southern countries of the region via Tajikistan," he added.

Banab noted that Bafq-Mashhad railway project aimed at providing a new route between Bandar Abbas in southern Iran to northern Iran by cutting down the distance by 1,000 kms is expected to become operational before March 21, 2005.

Once this major project is implemented, countries to the north of Iran including Tajikistan will have access to a more economical route.

Meanwhile, transportation experts believe that the tripartite project aimed at reviving the 'Silk Road' will play a crucial role in promoting the regional economy. The relevant agreement was signed during a tripartite meeting in Tehran in mid-summer 2003. "

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