Baghdad - INA
The Ministry of Transport confirmed today, Friday, that the rail link project with Iran will not be used for commercial purposes.
The Minister of Transport, Nasser Hussein, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "The project in the beginning will be only for travelers, and it will pass in the provinces of Basra, Dhi Qar, Maysan, and Muthanna, and all these governorates will benefit from it," stressing that "the project will not be used commercially, and there are studies on the extent of the impact of this linkage on Iraqi ports, and the extent of the recovery of Iranian ports, this project will be studied by the ministries of Trade, Planning and Transport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a decision will then be taken regarding commercial use. "
Hussein added that "the ministry has an old site project that extends from Shalamcheh to Basra for a length of 32 kilometers, and passes in many places where mines and land are confiscated." He pointed out that "the bridge passes over the Shatt al-Arab within one kilometer, and that Iran has pledged to build this bridge on its responsibility But the naval opening will be built by the Ministry of Transport. "