Kazakhstan joins to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman corridor
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
The first session of Coordination Council of the agreement on creation of transport corridor among the Governments of Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was held in Tehran on 15 February 2015. The Uzbek delegation attended the meeting.
At the session, President of Kazakhstan Railways Askar Mamin announced about intention of Kazakhstan to joint Ashgabat Agreement.
Head of Kazakh delegation noted that international transport corridors in direction North-South and East-West pass via territory of Kazakhstan.
He noted that development of economies of China, Central Asian states, Iran and other Persian Gulf countries will allow to transfer some sea cargo to transcontinental land routes.
Mamin said that Kazakhstan seas great potential in attracting additional cargoes transportation in the region by members of Ashgabat Agreement.
The volume of railway transportation with Ashgabat Agreement members in 2014 rose by 10% year-on-year in 2014 and reached 25 million tonnes of cargoes. At the same time, about 41% of cargoes were Kazakh export products, directed to these state or transit via their territories.
He said that it is expected that the volume of transportation between Kazakhstan and Ashgabat Agreement can reach 40 million tonnes a year.
Kazakh official said that Kazakhstan pays great attention to cooperation of Ashgabat Agreement on creation of international transport and transit corridor Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman and hopes for joint efforts to develop transportation in the region.
Member states of Ashgabat Agreement approved accession of Kazakhstan to international transport and transit corridor Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman.
As reported earlier, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov proposed to create transport corridor Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-Qatar and other states of Persian Gulf in Ashgabat on 19 October 2010.
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman and Qatar signed an agreement on creation of new international transport corridor, linking Central Asia with Persian Gulf, on 25 April 2011.
Foreign Ministers of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman and Qatar inked the document in Ashgabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. Later, Qatar decided not to participate in the project.
The new transport corridor will run from Uzbekistan across Turkmenistan and then to the Gulf via Iran, bypassing Afghanistan.
According to the Uzbek side, the establishment of railway road communication from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to southern ports of Iran will help to create important transport network among the countries of Persian and Oman Gulfs and all Central Asian states.
The memorandum understanding on implementation of the agreement on creation of transport corridor among the Governments of Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (Ashgabat agreement) was signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Oman in Muscat on 6 August 2014.