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Iran and Azerbaijan agree to increase freight by railway

Iran and Azerbaijan agree to increase freight by railway

Three days ago, the head of the Azerbaijan Railways and the Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran signed an agreement on strengthening cooperation.

The agreement envisages increasing the volume of railway freight to 2 million tons per year (480,000 tons were transported in 2020) and promoting the development of railways, as well as the sharing of knowledge in the field of the railway.

It was also noted that Iranian companies are interested in participating in the reconstruction of railways and laying new lines in Nagorno-Karabakh and the region in general.

Georgia thinks that every move that strengthens the TRACECA idea is in Georgia's interest.

"I think every move that strengthens the idea of TRACECA increases Georgia's logistical capacity," said expert Zurab Maghradze.

Davit Gochava, an expert on railway issues, is convinced that Georgia should intensify the railway's international relations. The expert is convinced that the railway is an area that can play the role of the leading and main driving force in the economy. If Georgia continues its inert policy on railway issues, the transport-logistics lines in the region will develop so that the country may be out of the game.

"Nothing is alarming if we activate the international relations of the Georgian Railway in time, which does not exist. The biggest space for action is in this direction. Only a few railway professionals are needed," Dato Gochava tells us.

Specialists consider it vital for Georgia to maintain the main transit function of the region and the continents. Moreover, they even see the possibility of de-occupation of Georgia in the Silk Road project.

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