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Iran-Iraq railway project underway

Press TV - An Iraqi transportation ministry official has announced Baghdad strongly supports the implementation of Iran-Iraq railway project.

"During the first phase of the project, a railway will cross from Basra and head to Iran via Shalamcheh," Javad Al-Khorrasan, the spokesman for Iraq's General Railway Company, told Al-Alam TV network.

Shalamcheh is a town located in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran. Khorasan said that a second plan will also link Jalulah in northwest Iraq to Baghdad, then on to Monzariyah before arriving into Iran.

The first phase of the project which includes a 15-kilometer line between Khorramshahr to Shalamcheh is near completion.

The line draws $110 million dollars and will be carried out by Iranian companies. An important aspect of the project is crossing the Arvand water way.

The railroad is anticipated to facilitate carrying goods from Iraq to Central Asia, the Caucasuses and the Mediterranean Sea.

Iran has allocated $1 billion for Iraq's reconstruction. A sum of the money is allotted to railway construction projects.

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