Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia sign trilateral protocol
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 3 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia signed a tripartite protocol on the results of the second meeting of the Coordinating Council for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in Baku today.
The Protocol was signed by Azerbaijani Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov, Turkish Minister of Transportation Binali Yildirim and Georgian Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Ramaz Nikolashvili.
Turkish minister said that the Chinese side is interested and intends to transport 10 million tons of cargo a year via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. Afterwards, the corridor from China and Central Asia through the Caucasus and Turkey to Europe will appear. Large volumes of cargo will be transported via the corridor in both directions.
It is planned to construct a new 105-kilometer branch railroad as a part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. About 76 kilometers will stretch on the territory of Turkey, 29 km - Georgia. Moreover, a railway section Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Marabda will be reconstructed in Georgia to increase capacity up to 15 million tons of cargo a year.