Turkey proposes to create Silk Road railway
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 12 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting with Chinese businessmen proposed to create the Silk Road railway, which would connect Turkey and China, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday.
"It is necessary to turn the historic Silk Road into a railway which will unite the people who live along the route from Turkey to China," Erdogan said.
According to the PM, the necessary potential there to implement this project. The railway would contribute to the development of trade turnover between the countries which will be included in this project.
"It will be an important regional project that will revitalise the economy," Erdogan said.
Erdogan's proposal is aimed at creating a developed and large scale network of trade and transit relations between South and Central Asia and Europe. In total, 28 countries would take part in the project. The total length of the new route, often called the 'Silk Rail Road', should reach 81,000 kilometres.