A major joint infrastructural project was officially inaugurated on Thursday.

Both the Afghan and Iranian Presidents spoke online during the ceremony, for they couldn’t physically attend the ceremony to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

President Ashraf Ghani called the Khawaf-Herat railway project vital and important, not only for Afghanistan but for Iran and the region.

The railway is 130km long and covers 70km of land in Iran while 60km in Afghanistan. This project will boost regional trade between Afghanistan and Iran.

According to reports, the Khawaf-Herat railway facilitated imports of goods from Iran via Herat province, carrying 500 metric tons of cement and another train carrying passengers arrived in the Ghoryan district of the province.

Afghanistan will benefit from the railway for the first time from routs that links Afghanistan to Iran, the Persian Gulf, and all the way to turkey close to western ports.

At the cost of 75 million dollars, the project had started in April 2007 with Iran’s aid and was scheduled to finish in 2009, but due to different issues, the project was delayed.

Khawaf-Herat Railway will facilitate transit in Afghanistan and provide reliability and comfort to the Afghan investors and merchants.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.