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The first freight train running along the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway has reached Kars.
According to Sabah newspaper, Director General of Turkish Railways (TCDD), Veysi Kurt attended the ceremony, which was held in this regard. Addressing the event, Veysi Kurt stressed that from Kars the train has already left in the direction of Mersin, this road will take about 40 hours.
The opening of the BTK railway took place in Baku Oct.30.

Several important issues were in the spotlight among working groups in the meeting of the South-West International Transport Route which is ended in Tehran, Iran. Representatives of railways of Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland attended the meeting. “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC and route operator company in Azerbaijan, “ADY Container” attended at the event and in the “South-West” International Transport Route optimization of freight tariffs, improvement of infrastructure projects as well as transportation mechanisms was in the spotlight. The working group’s first protocol was signed between the parties at the end of the meeting. The development of South-West international transport routes and attraction of freights has been taken into consideration and stated in the document. Furthermore, resolution of the Coordination Committee working group regulations has been approved. Members of working group met with potential customers to use the South-West International Transport Route in Tehran.

The European Union (EU) has issued a statement on the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.

The statement reads: “The opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is a major step in transport interconnections linking the European Union, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia.

The European Union welcomes the new rail corridor which, coupled with investments, improved infrastructure and logistics coordination will provide better connectivity, new business opportunities and increased trade. This is at the heart of its Eastern Partnership as well as of its Central Asia strategy.

The European Union has always supported projects aiming at improving connectivity with its neighbouring Partner countries. With further improvements of transport links between Turkey and Bulgaria as well as between Azerbaijan and Central Asia, this project will provide fast and reliable land connection between Europe and Asia along the ancient Silk Route.

We are also supporting the Southern Gas Corridor which will provide similar energy interconnection.”

A solemn opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway has got underway at Baku International Sea Trade Port.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, as well as delegations of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are attending the event.

President Ilham Aliyev made a speech at the ceremony.

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Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway is a regional rail link project to directly connect Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

The agreement on the construction of the railway was signed in Tbilisi in 2007.

The BTK rail line will extend from the bank of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to the capital city of Georgia and then cut south to the east of Turkey before feeding into the broader Turkish rail system and Europe beyond. This rail line is designed to become a key part of the southern route of the emerging New Silk Road network of trade and transport corridors that are coming together between China and Europe.

The line is intended to transport one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of freight at the initial stage. The capacity will then reach 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of cargo.

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