Damascus-Istanbul Rail Link Inaugurated

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A new 1,500 kilometer train service linking Damascus with Istanbul in Turkey was inaugurated Tuesday, the railway company said Wednesday. 

The once a week service will enable passengers to book through from one city to another for the first time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. 

An official of the railway company in Aleppo, northern Syria, said it was a first step in promoting trade and tourism between the two countries. 

Turkey and Syria were on the brink of war two years ago over the presence in Syria of wanted Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. But relations have warmed since then, although there is still a dispute over the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates, which rise in Turkey and pass through Syria - DAMASCUS (AFP) 

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