Iraq intends to connect its provinces to Europe through a highway and a railway

Iraq intends to connect its provinces to Europe through a highway and a railway

2023-03-23 03:50

Iraq intends to connect its provinces to Europe through a highway and a railwayShafaq News/ The Iraqi Minister of Transport, Razzaq Muhibis Al-Saadawi, announced, on Thursday, the details of the talks that the Iraqi delegation, headed by Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, held with the Turkish side in Ankara.

Al-Saadawi said, in a statement today, that the government’s vision aspires to transform Iraq into an international trade center between Asia and Europe, and therefore the path of development assumes great importance in this context.

He added that the governmental curriculum of the Prime Minister put forward a proposal centered on transforming Iraq into a center for global trade between Asia and Europe, through the Faw Grand Port project and its associated economic zones, residential clusters and tourist attractions, noting that this project “contributes to strengthening economic and trade relations.” between Iraq and its neighbors, led by Turkey on the one hand, and the countries of Europe and Asia on the other.

Al-Saadawi indicated that the port project includes a development road that will be formed by a highway and a railway, passing through several Iraqi governorates, all the way to the Turkish border, which will allow access to the port of Mersin and Europe via Istanbul.

The minister continued by saying, “The Iraqi government has presented to the Turkish side the details of these projects” in order to enhance the economic and trade partnership with Turkey.

Last Tuesday, Al-Sudani left Iraq for Turkey on an official visit that lasted 48 hours.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Al-Sudani returned to the homeland, after concluding his official visit to the Turkish Republic, in which he was accompanied by a senior government delegation.

Al-Sudani said in a joint press conference he held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday that the development road project and the dry canal were discussed, not for Iraq and Turkey, but for the region and the world, linking the East with the West, and it is the global corridor for the transport of goods and energy. This project was the subject of continuous discussion. Between Iraq and Turkey, and today we invite the brothers in the region to hold a meeting in Baghdad to discuss the stages of implementing the vital project, as Iraq has a huge wealth of gas and it can be exported within years.