Resumption of Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway project discussed
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 10
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Turkmen railway minister Deryaguly Byashimov and Tajik Ambassador to Turkmenistan Farrukh Sharifzoda discussed resumption of Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway project within a meeting in Ashgabat last week, Tajik Foreign Ministry said in a message.
Byashimov and Sharifzoda also discussed the issues of railways development and introduction of preferential tariffs for transportation by existing railways. Moreover enhancement of cooperation in a number of spheres was discussed at the meeting.
The memorandum on construction of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway was signed in March 2013 by the three countries’ presidents. It was planned to put the railway into operation in 2018.
The construction of the railway’s Turkmen section is already completed.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) planned to help in the construction of the railway’s parts in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, but later, it suspended the support for this project due to the tense situation in Afghanistan.
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