Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/video-pakistan-iran-turkey-launch-1st-joint-railroad-for-exchanging-vital-goods/
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwscz62bCWs
A short video report by Al Mayadeen TV on the first joint freight railroad between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, marking a shift in economic exchange between the three countries.
Source: Al Mayadeen News (YouTube)
Date: December 30, 2021
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This (freight) train transporting Pakistani goods and products moves from Islamabad, via Taftan in Iran, to reach Istanbul in Turkey. The railway lines this train will cross is estimated at around 4000 miles. It is the most significant move to be taken by the Economic Cooperation Organization (originally established by) Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey.
Anwar Abbas, Journalist & Foreign Policy Expert:
The train’s benefits are not limited to the economic aspect, rather, the biggest goal is regional integration, which is sought by Pakistan. Moreover, exchanging goods and (carrying out) mutual projects (between Iran, Turkey and Pakistan) will achieve important bilateral and trilateral convergence.
The (railway) route of freight trains will (now) be 11 days faster than sea routes. Further, it will cost less and face less dangers; and the increase in commercial exchange between Pakistan and Iran might hit about $5 billion, especially since the economic exchange will help increase domestic production rates as well as national income ratios.
Abed Habib, Expert in Economic Affairs:
Both Pakistani and Iranian economies suffer from smuggling in particular, in addition to the lack of expanded cooperation in terms of commercial exchange. Therefore, this (transportation) project will represent a shift in direct commercial cooperation between the two countries.
The freight (train) will transport rice to Istanbul and rock salt to Iran as essential goods sent by Pakistan. In return, Pakistan will obtain liquefied gas from Iran. This affirms the deep commercial exchange and political convergence between both countries.
A decade after signing the trilateral cooperation agreement between Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey, the first commercial cargo (train) sets off, carrying new hope and an economic-political dimension that is free from foreign intervention in general and the American one in particular.
Bakr Younis, Islamabad, Al Mayadeen
Hold on, I’ve been watching BBC & CNN who inform me that Iran and Russia have been isolated.
Think I’ll paste and send off to BBC Economic & Political Affairs Department . . . . . care of MI6 . . . . . and request, no demand, the return of my Licence Fee.
No one likes a registered criminal.
it appears that sometimes, the sheer need to develop a bit higher will give some islamists a thin flake of common sense.
The saudis, the atlanticists and the zion republic are progressively being left behind.
As easily as the internet moves around information, one day the Belt and Road initiative will move goods and people.
From the far West of Europe to the far East of Russia, from Siberia to the tip of Africa.
Anything from home made crafts to a nations grain harvest.
No customs or currency exchanges, everything tracked in real time.
The best cure for poverty, everyone has something to trade
Cheap seats backpackers can hop off and on, understanding that where ever they go, people are just people.
It is going to open the world up, everyone connected like never before.
It’s beginning to look a lot like CHECKMATE
Everywhere you go . . . . .
delightful & true. imran is making a difference to the lives of pakistanis & the country’s forests. erdogan, i hope this & other benefits of the bri begin to help him extricate himself from his slimy side & the slimy brits & muricans.
Yes, this story is very encouraging and a positive sign. This is how to remove Turkey and Pakistan from Empire while promoting peace in the region.
The Ancient Silk Road was one of great engines of our world. It connected civilizations, saw history-altering exchanges such as in technology and ideas, promoted a win-win coexistence, and inspired and enriched countless peoples over the millennia. Its myths still captivate. The Persians began much of it on the Western end, connecting Egypt, Asia Minor (Anatolia) to India; the Turkic and Chinese lands formed the middle and Eastern branches.
This video reviews the workings of the original Silk Road and what all stand to gain in the new (BRI) one.
They ought to at least add a few passenger cars to the end of the freights, if not establish dedicated passenger trains along this line.
Great news but I think the author meant 4000 kilometers not miles.
On checking i see the author was right and I was wrong! The line takes quite a roundabout avoiding Afghanistan. As the crow flies is not an option.
Good. I have searched Turkish supermarkets and I have been unable to find Basmati rice from the Punjab. Turkish rice is almost like glue. I guess I need to learn how to cook it. :)
Yet another proof the USSA empire is in a state of terminal decline. The underlying story dates back to 1960.