News ID: 277951
Published: 0952 GMT December 10, 2020

President Rouhani: Khaf-Herat railway to strengthen Iran-Afghanistan ties

President Rouhani: Khaf-Herat railway to strengthen Iran-Afghanistan ties

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday hailed inauguration of Khaf-Herat railway in an online ceremony with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying it is benefiting for both the Iranian and Afghan people.

“Today is an unforgettable day for the two neighboring countries,” President Rouhani said after officially inaugurating the Khaf-Herat railway project, IRNA reported.

The Iranian and Afghan presidents inaugurated about 140 out of 225 kilometers of Khaf-Herat railway project that was accomplished by over 430 billion tomans.

According to Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslamithe, the country has invested over $666.6 million for the completion of the Khaf-Herat railway project which includes four phases.

About 77 km of the project, which includes two phases, is in Iran's soil and the rest in Afghanistan.

The 222-kilometer-long Khaf-Herat is a part of the Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor started in 2007-2008, the project connects Iran’s eastern city of Khaf to neighboring Afghanistan’s western city of Herat.

Iran has three cross-border transit roads in northeast and east of the country with Afghanistan through which it can facilitate the land-locked country's access to the outside world.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, for his part, referred to Khaf-Herat railway as a historic plan and crucial for trade and economic development.

He said that completion of the railway at the time of COVID-19 pandemic is an indication of Tehran-Islamabad strong determination.

Resource: IRNA
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