Tehran (IP)- For the first time rail transit between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic recorded 47 percent growth with transit of more than 700,000 tons of freight between the two countries.

Iran PressIran news:  Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Mehrdad Bazrpash, and First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Shahin Mustafayev, as the heads of Iran, Azerbaijan Republic Joint Economic Commission talked over the phone on December 22 to confer on joint economic agendas including transport and energy.

In the telephone conversation, Shahin Mustafayev pointing to the growth of freight transit between the two countries mentioned that in 2023 transport between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic had 40 percent, international transit 57 percent, and rail transport 47 percent increase.  

Mustafayev added that during this period, for the first time, more than 700,000 tons of freight were transported by rail between the two countries, mainly to Russia.

The two sides also emphasized accelerating the joint projects, including the new transit route in Astara and the construction of dams.

They also agreed on the opening of a new transit passage between the two countries at the Astara Border shortly with the presence of the heads of Iran, and Azerbaijan Republic joint economic commission. 

Previously in October, the construction of the Aghband road bridge over the Aras River was formally kicked off as a new transport link between the East Zangezur economic region of Azerbaijan Republic and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through Iran's territory during the visit of Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development to Azerbaijan Republic while the MoU for a railroad bridge was also reached.


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