Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran are preparing an agreement on an international transport corridor, the Uzbek Transport Ministry reports. The issue was discussed with representatives of Iran's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development during a videoconference.
The parties discussed issues of accelerating the signing of an agreement between the governments of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran on the organisation of an international transport corridor, the press release said. The information also said that they considered issues of reducing fees for international road transport through Iran, the possibility of using the ports of Bandar Abbas and Chabahar for export and import cargoes.
Turkmenistan has four checkpoints on the border with Iran: Bajigiran, Lutfabad, Incheburun and Sarakhs, through which the main cargo traffic passes. This border terminal is located in Iran's Khorasan Razavi province, which shares a 500-km border with Turkmenistan.
The Iranian side plans to turn this territory into a special economic zone in order to develop co-operation with Turkmenistan and other Central Asian countries, especially Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have also agreed to establish a trade centre in their border zone. In addition, Turkmenistan is building a modern motorway towards Uzbekistan along the Ashgabat-Turkmenbat route at a cost of $2.3bn.
Credits: Eziz Boyarov