Iraq is prepared to open a rail link with Turkey, running through Syria, a senior Iraqi transport ministry official said earlier this Month. "Iraq is ready to establish a rail link with Turkey for the transport of passengers and goods," the official INA news agency quoted transport and communications ministry under secretary Sabri Kateh as saying.
Salim Oughlou, Turkey's charge d'affaires in Iraq said after a meeting with Kateh, that his country "fervently hopes that a train can be put on the line between Iraq and Turkey via Syrian territory as soon as possible." A railway connecting Istanbul and Baghdad via Syria was constructed during the Ottoman Empire.
In August, train service was reestablished between the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and Aleppo in Syria after a 19-year hiatus that was brought on by a break in diplomatic relations after Syria announced its support for Iran in that country's war with Iraq. — (AFP, Baghdad)
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