The launching ‘indicates that anti-Iran sanctions have had no bearing on the regional nations’ enthusiasm for taking the opportunity to cooperate with Tehran, an Iranian official stated.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategy is to promote and boost regional security, and the cruel sanctions have had no impact on the regional countries’ inclination to cooperate with Iran,” Parviz Esmaili, the communication deputy head of Iran's presidential office, said on Monday.
He was referring to the Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railroad which is due to come into service on December 3, Tasnim news agency reports.
The railroad will officially open in a ceremony to be attended by the heads of state of Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
"The 920-km route, known as the railroad North-South Corridor, starts from the city of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan and comes to halt in the (Iranian) city of Gorgan in Golestan province. Some 85 kilometers lie on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s soil, 700 km in Turkmenistan and 140 km in Kazakhstan,” the official explained.
The new railroad will link the Central Asian countries to the Persian Gulf waters, and will facilitate cargo shipment in the region and shorten the North-South corridor some 600 kilometers, he pointed out.