TEHRAN, Iran, Jan. 28
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi has arrived in the northern province of Gilan for another provincial tour, Trend reports citing IRNA.
During a one-day visit to Golan Province, President Ebrahim Raisi stressed the need to speed up the connection of the Caspian port and the Anzali Free Zone to the national rail network, in order to expand trade with Eurasian countries.
President Ebrahim Raisi visited Anzali Free Zone and the Caspian port railway infrastructure.
He stressed the need to provide new roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels to enhance trade with Caspian Sea states.
Located on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, the Anzali Free Trade Zone, in which the Caspian port lies, is regarded as one of the major economic hubs of Iran with an area of 9,400 hectares of land and a 40 km shoreline.
It is seen as the entrance and exit point of the International North-South Transport Corridor.
Currently, Iran is developing a railroad project to connect the Rasht-Qazvin railway to Anzali and Astara ports. Another line is also under construction which will link Rasht to Caspian port.
Once the project is complete, the Caspian port will become the largest hub in northern Iran and make a major contribution to national and local economic development. The route will connect Iran with Russia’s Baltic ports and give Russia rail connectivity to both the Persian Gulf and the Indian rail network. All the mentioned projects are meant to contribute to achieving INSTC’s envisaged plans.