Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan ink roadmap for a rail link

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan ink roadmap for a rail link

The rail link will boost the trade between the three countries as well as help achieve greater people to people contact

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan inked a roadmap for the multi-billion-dollar landmark rail link project aimed at bolstering trade ties between Central and South Asia in Tashkent. The three countries have recently reached out to international financing organizations for a $4.8 billion loan to undertake the Trans-Afghan railway project. The rail link between the three countries will help trade between them and will also boost the people communication which is always critical.

The historic ceremony was attended by senior officials from the three countries. Speaking on the occasion, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov said peace and stability in Afghanistan will lead to development, economic growth, and increased regional cooperation.

Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar thanked Uzbekistan for its role in the landmark project. The proposed 573 km railway track will connect Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent to Pakistan’s historical northern city of Peshawar via Afghan capital Kabul. The three countries signed a joint request last month seeking a $4.8 billion loan from international financial institutions for the.

Last month, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan inaugurated three major energy and connectivity projects aimed at strengthening bilateral and regional ties. These projects include a power transmission project, a fiber optic line for high-speed internet, and a railway line between the two countries.

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