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Afghan-Iran parliaments approve agreement on international railway link

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KABUL: The parliaments of Afghanistan and Iran approved an agreement on the international railway link. The agreement will pave the way for a new railway border between the two neighboring states.

Abdul Bari Seddiqi, an official of Afghan railway department, said Monday that Kabul and Tehran have railway links for the first time, adding that the new railway border needs to be officially recognized by the two countries.

Seddiqi said that a similar document had been earlier signed with Uzbekistan.

The Afghan-Iran railway project officially inaugurated by presidents Ghani and Rouhani in December links Iran’s city of Khaf to Herat province in the west of Afghanistan.

Iranian Lawmaker Seyyed Alborz Hosseini also told Iranian media that they approved the agreement.

He said that the railway project would help Kabul and Tehran to share capacities for goods and passenger transportation.

According to reports, the Khaf-Herat railway would transport 12 million tons of goods and one million passengers in a year.

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