Tehran (IP)- Given the Western sanctions on Russia, the country is reconsidering its trade routes for easier access to the Indian and Pakistani markets through Iranian soil.

Iran PressIran news: During a meeting in Tehran on Saturday with the President of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (ICCIMA), Gholam Hossein Shafei, Head of Russia-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce Vladimir Obidnov said that the completion of the Rasht-Astara railway in northern Iran is of particular significance for Moscow.

He noted that the Rasht-Astara railway would help link Pakistan to Russia.   

Obidnov said that his country is ready to reconstruct the old railway on the Pakistani side if the Iranian side would complete its part as soon as possible.

He also referred to another way of transit in which Russia can send cargo to northern Iranian ports where they will be carried by trucks to southern Iranian ports and then transshipped to be sent to Pakistan and India by vessels.

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He believed that this way of transit is complicated, so Russia is seeking to replace it with a railway transit to Pakistan and India through Azerbaijan and Iran.  

Obidnov said that the chambers of commerce of Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and India could form a working group to study the railway transit and offer their final proposals to their respective governments.  

The ICCIMA president, for his part, said that the existing conditions are notable for the entire region and require particular decisions to be taken.

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Noting that Iran faces a shortage of wagons, Shafei said that this problem could be solved with the help of Russia.

He also said that Pakistan’s railway problems are not easily solvable. For example, the president of the Iran Chamber of Commerce said that the dispatch of Iranian rail cargo to Lahore, Pakistan took 35 days.

Chairman of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, Hadi Tizbin, who was also present at the meeting, put forward some details about the mentioned railway and said that Iran is willing to complete the Rasht-Astara railway with the help of Russia. 


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