Baghdad(IP) - Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development arrived in Baghdad for a four-day visit to meet with his Iraqi counterpart and explore various areas of cooperation between the two countries in transportation, including the Shalamcheh railway connection to Basra.

Iran PressMiddle East: According to a report from the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development on Sunday, "Rostam Ghasemi" arrived at Baghdad International Airport yesterday (on December 25) and was welcomed by "Talib Abdullah Baish, "the technical director of the Baghdad Ministry of Transportation.

The Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development also met on Saturday night with the Technical Head of the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and other officials of the same ministry, including the Director-General of the Iraqi Railway Company and the Director-General of the Iraqi Planning Department. Various issues such as railways and the transfer and exchange of experiences during the trips were discussed in the meetings of the officials of the two countries.

The Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran expressed his satisfaction with this official visit and the extraordinary efforts of the Iraqi government to implement investment and economic projects and strengthen relations between the two countries.

In addition to meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Ghasemi is scheduled to meet with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

The implementation of the Shalamcheh-Basra railway project is one of the plans of Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development during his visit to Iraq.

"Rostam Ghasemi" last Tuesday (December 21) on the sidelines of the operation of 526 freight and passenger wagons before the reporters announced an agreement with Iraq to begin construction of the Shalamcheh-Basra railway.

He said: "The contract for the construction of the Shalamcheh-Basra railway will be signed in Iraq and the completion of this line can connect Iran to the Mediterranean Sea."

The Shalamcheh-Basra railway is essential because the Iraqi railway is connected from Basra to Karbala and can be welcomed as a railway line for Iranian pilgrims and connected to Jordan from the east of Iraq and to Syria from the northeast. It could also provide Iran with access to Syrian markets.

Iran and Iraq first signed a memorandum of understanding in 2011 to build the railway, which was not implemented; In 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Tehran and Baghdad to construct the Shalamcheh-Basra railway.


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