Iran, Pakistan, Turkey transit corridor to be launched: Iran Road Minister

Islamabad, April 16, IRNA - Iran's Minister of Road and Urban Development says that Iran along with Pakistan and Turkey will establish a transport and transit corridor in near future.

In an interview with IRNA, in eastern city of Lahore, Abbas Akhundi said enhancing cooperation with the neighboring countries is the priority of the incumbent Iranian government especially President Hassan Rouhani.

Abbas Akhundi heading a high level delegation paid an official three-day visit to Pakistan for talks with the country’s officials on enhancing bilateral cooperation through upgraded and better road, rail and sea traveling faclities.

Commenting on cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in communication sectors, Abbas Akhundi said that both countries are linked together through land, air, and sea while officials of both the countries also emphasize on enhancing bilateral cooperation.

He said that during his Pakistan’s visit constructive discussions were held between both sides on transport and transit corridor and it was also agreed that a transit corridor between Iran, Pakistan and Turkey will be established.

He further added that Iran desires to enhance air links with Pakistan to provide better and fast facilities to the pilgrims and tourists of Pakistan.

Road Minister said that Iran and Pakistan have also agreed to start direct flights, from Chabahar, Zabol, Zahedan and Iranshahr to different cities of Pakistan.

He said that as each year two million Pakistani pilgrims travel to Iran and Iraq so the Pakistani side has advised to also use sea link for providing improved traveling facilities to the pilgrims.

Abbas Akhundi said that a decision has also been taken to start ferry service between Chabahar and Karachi port.

He said that both countries would also cooperate on up-gradation of Zahedan-Quetta railway track to resume passenger train service between the two cities.

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