Iran president inaugurates railroad
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami inaugurated the Mashhad-Bafq railroad on Tuesday.
During a ceremony held at Mashhad railway station, the president inaugurated the 1000-kilometre railroad, which connects Mashhad to Bafq, in central Iran.
The ceremony was attended by several ministers and senior authorities from Central Asian states as well as top domestic officials, <i>IRNA</i> reported.
The strategic railroad shortens the previous Mashhad-Bafq's transport route by 800 kilometres. The national project, the completion of which has taken Iranian technicians four years, cost the nation 4.5 billion rials.