Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Russian officials explored ways to resolve the barriers to the construction of the Rasht-Astara railway.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy, Mehdi Safari, who is in Moscow to participate in the first meeting of BRICS member countries in 2024, had separate meetings with Igor Levitin, the Assistant to the Russian President, and Dmitry Azbrov, the Russian Deputy Minister of Transport.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy referred to the Iranian and Russian presidents’ emphasis on speeding up the construction of the Rasht-Astara railway and called for the swift settlement of the remaining issues to sign the executive contract of this agreement.

The Russian officials, referring to the expert negotiations between the two countries in the implementation of the Rasht-Astara railway construction agreement, also emphasized removing some existing obstacles.

Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia, on May 17, 2023, signed an agreement worth $1.6 billion to build the Rasht-Astara railway, a project in northern Iran that will be key to the transit of cargo through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).

The 162-kilometer railway will connect the Iranian city of Rasht, near the Caspian Sea, to Astara on the border with Azerbaijan. 

The project, which is aimed at integrating the transport and information routes of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran and India, is carried out within the framework of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). 219

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