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Exchange of goods among Silk Road states will boost ties

Tehran, May 1, IRNA-Exchange of goods among countries located along the Silk Road would help them procure their requirements, while boosting cultural, social and political relations among them.

Addressing a group of Iranian and Turkish officials at a ceremony to inaugurate Turkey's exhibition train here Sunday, Managing Director of Iran's State Railway Mohammad Saeednejad said that throughout history, the Silk Road has played an effective role in exchange of commercial goods between the Asian and European continents.

Highlighting the significance of reviving the Silk Road, Saeednejad stressed that to expand commercial transactions among regional states, the advantages of the historical Silk Road should be introduced to the public.

The Iranian official said that movement of Turkey's exhibition train and the display of the country's commercial products in Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will play a major role in the development of the Silk Road.

Saeednejad referred to advantages of the Silk Road in increasing commercial transactions among Iran, Turkey and the Central Asian republics, saying further increase in the transactions would guarantee development of the countries' transportation.

He also referred to the significance of the development railway system among regional states, saying inauguration of Bafq-Mashhad railway would bolster ties among Central Asian republics and southeast Asia.

He expressed hope that regular exchange of cargos and passengers through regional states' railway system would help establish a new railway from Istanbul in Turkey to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Turkey's exhibition train will be in Tehran on May 1-2 before heading for the Central Asian Republics through Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad in Razavi Khorassan province.

The Turkish train comprises 19 wagons exhibiting Turkish commercial company's products, including home appliances, machinery, tiles and ceramics, spare parts, foodstuff and tourist attractions.

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