Syrian-Iraqi railways cooperation accord signed

Published June 10th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Director General of the Syrian Railways Public Authority, Iyad Ghazal, and the Director General of the Iraqi Railways Public Authority, Ghassan Al-Ani, recently signed a joint cooperation accord.  


Reports in London based Al-Hayat stated that the two officials also signed an agreement to construct a new railway between Deir Al-Zour, in Syria, and Al-Qayem City in Iraq, stretching 150 kilometers. The agreement applies to various aspects of the railway system including construction, operation, investment and expertise exchange. 


The train line, continuing to Iran, will be a crucial link between the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, and is inclined to be considered one of the most important surface transportation routes in the region.  


Additionally, Syrian and Iraqi officials have decided to double commercial exchanges between the two countries to around one billion dollars a year. ― (MENA Report)

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