Iran is planning a new ferry service between its southern ports and Kuwait with further plans to extend the routes to other Gulf nations, a Tehran business newspaper reported Saturday. "The service will use one ship with a capacity of 400 passengers and 150 cars as well as freight," official Abdol-Rahman Soleymani told the Abrare-Eqtesad paper.
There was no word on when the route would begin operation, but Soleymani said the service would be ideally suited for the transport of goods between Iran and Kuwait in line with trade agreements.
Iranian interior minister, Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari, visited the emirate earlier this month where the two nations signed several accords, including one to form a joint security committee to combat organized crime.
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah has been invited to visit Tehran by President Mohammad Khatami. — (AFP, Tehran)
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