New Rail Line To Turn Kazakhstan Into Transit Hub Between China, Middle East

EMerging Equity

By Naubet Bisenov
BNE

Railway system in Kazakhstan.  Photo courtesy of Pixabay - CC0 Railway system in Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of Pixabay – CC0

A new railway connecting Central Asia with the Persian Gulf through Iran was officially opened on December 3.  With Kazakhstan completing its east-west rail line that links the country’s center to the west earlier this year, the new international railway line now offers direct passage for Chinese goods to Iran and on to the Gulf, as well as Europe via Turkey.

Kazakh President Nursutlan Nazarbayev, Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opened the new Ozen-Gyzylkaya-Bereket-Etrek-Gorgan railway line on the Turkmen-Iranian border on December 3. The line is part of the international North-South corridor. The length of the Kazakh section of the railway is 146 kilometres, Turkmen 700km and Iranian 82km. The parties signed the agreement on the construction of the railway link in 2007 and construction started in 2009.

The project means that…

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