Turkey is going to move forward with its project to build a railway to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
“We plan to build a railway to Nakhchivan,” Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said.
Azerbaijan also expressed a desire to build a railroad from Baku to Nakhchivan through Turkey or Iran. With the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway’s commissioning, the possibility of building a railway system from Kars to Sadarak was discussed. The cost of this project is 2-2.5 billion US dollars.
This is not a brand-new project; it is simply made much easier with the Karabakh peace deal reached earlier.
A number of Azerbaijani-Turkish documents were signed following the 8th meeting of the Azerbaijan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 25, 2020.
Among these documents is the ‘Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on the Kars-Igdir-Aralik-Dilucu-Sadarak-Nakhchivan-Julfa railway project.
The document was signed by Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey Adil Karaismailoglu.
The Kars-Igdir-Nakhchivan railway is the continuation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway route, Turkish ex-Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan said earlier.
“This railway line will also be connected to the logistics center in Kars. The construction of a railway to Nakhchivan with an access to Iran will connect this section with the East-West railway corridor passing through such cities as Edirne, Istanbul, Eskisehir, Ankara, Yozgat, Sivas, Erzincan, Erzurum, and Kars, which will, even more, strengthen Turkey’s position, Turhan said. ‘On the other hand, the construction of the railway will contribute to the development of Igdir agrarian province and will also have a positive effect on the profitability of the Sivas-Erzincan-Erzurum-Kars railway.”
Nakhchivan is a region with an area of about 5,363 square kilometers, which is geographically separated from the rest of Azerbaijan.
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