Dec 31, 2014, 6:19 PM
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Iran, Iraq ink agreement on transport cooperation

Tehran, Dec 31, IRNA – Iran and Iraq on Wednesday signed an MoU on facilitating transport cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

The agreement was signed between Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and Iraqi Minister of Transportation Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi.

According to the agreement, Tehran and Baghdad agreed to increase their cooperation on different areas of transport, including airlines, railway networks and maritime.

The two sides also agreed on executive measures to dredge up the bordering Arvand River to make it possible for big vessels to ferry along the waterway.

Another part of the agreement was about the two country's cooperation on constructing a 37-kilometer railway between Iranian western city of Shalamcheh and the Iraqi major city of Basra, which is expected to much help the travel of people and cargo shipment between the two neighboring countries.

The railway requires a 700-meter suspension bridge to be constructed over Arvand River.

Meanwhile, another railway is to be constructed joining Iranian Kermanshah-Khosravi railway to eastern Iraq.