France Press agency
On Wednesday, the Turkish Anadolu Agency announced the arrival of the first freight train from Pakistan via Iran to the Turkish city of Ankara.
She referred to the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul train line project, which was implemented by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, noting that the first freight train arrived in Ankara from the Pakistani capital.
The agency said that a celebration was organized at the old station in Ankara with the arrival of the train, which departed from Islamabad on December 21.
The ceremony was attended by Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Kara Ismailoglu, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Muhammad Farazmand, Pakistani MP Mahdum Zaid Qureshi, along with a number of invitees.
In his speech, Frasmand stressed the importance of the railway project, pointing out that the three countries had taken the first important step towards regional integration.
For his part, MP Qureshi said that the importance of the project lies not only in strengthening regional connectivity, but in encouraging commercial and economic activities in the region of the Economic Cooperation Organization.
It is noteworthy that the project entered into force in 2009, and was stopped in 2011 due to a delay in Pakistan, while the length of the railway is 6,543 km.
The Pakistan-Iran-Turkish freight train arrives in Ankara, resuming the road after 10 years
A train from Pakistan takes a 3,666-mile route in about 13 days, reaching Turkey via Iran, according to Turkish news agency AA. pic.twitter.com/xZCndxKwHw
– South Asia Times (@thesouthasiatim) January 5 2022
The first freight train from Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) arrived in Ankara after covering more than 6000 km in 13 days.
ITI train operations resumed after a decade. pic.twitter.com/AFeV7rCOaB
– PTI Multan (PTIofficialMTN) January 5 2022
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