Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan to build railway
By Sadaf Shinwari - 21 Mar 2013, 8:56 am
The agreement was signed by Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov and Tajkistan’s president Emomali Rakhmon on Wednesday in Turkmenistan capital.
Afghan presidential palace media office following a statement announced, “t the end of the summit, the three Presidents signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of rail transport infrastructure linking Turkmenistan and the Islamic Afghanistan and Afghanistan and the Republic of Tajikistan.”
The source further added, “According to the memorandum, the Parties within one month from the date of signing of this Memorandum will hold experts meeting from the relevant ministries and agencies of the three countries for detailed study of routes, as well as organizational, legal and financial bases for the practical implementation of the railway construction project. The construction of this railway will begin in early July of the current year.”
The railway will start from Atamurat -Ymamnazar of Turkmenistan leading to Akina-Andkhoy of Afghanistan, then connecting to Tajikistan via Shirkhan port of Kunduz province.
A 75-kilometer (47-mile) line from Afghanistan into Uzbekistan began operating in December 2011.