Tehran (IP) - "The development of railways is one of the best options to neutralize sanctions and increase international bargaining chips," said Ara Shavardian, a representative of Armenian Christians in Tehran and northern Iran in the parliament.

Iran PressIran news: "After the launch of the ECO train, the government's pursuit of the Shalamcheh-Basra railway now shows a serious determination to use transit capacities," Ara Shaverdian wrote on his Twitter page.

The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul railway project or ECO freight train was inaugurated in Pakistan on Tuesday, December 21, to promote trade and regional connectivity with the presence of Pakistani ministers and Ambassadors of some countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The train has resumed its operations after a gap of 10 years, and a special ceremony was held at Islamabad's Margalla Railway Station on occasion.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati, Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Ambassador of Iran Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Ambassadors of Turkey, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan attended the ceremony.


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