The Persian-Gulf-Central Asia transport corridor deal was signed between 5 regional countries including the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on Monday signed an agreement on transportation and the transit of goods via railway, sea and land.
Under the pact which was inked by the foreign ministers of the five countries at the international transportation and goods transit cooperation in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on Monday, the countries in central Asia, the Persian Gulf region as well as the Arab world can export or transit their products to other countries.
At the meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that his country is a safe and economical route for the transit of goods.
Iran has facilitated the transit of goods through a very short, safe and economical route, and some 10 million tons of commodities were transported through the country during the last Iranian year ending on March 20, 2011.
The Iranian foreign minister appreciated efforts made by the countries represented at the meeting to finalize a rail, sea and land transportation agreement.
"I'm sure this agreement will have favorable and constructive results for regional nations, and will offer the five nations (of Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) useful and ideal opportunities in launching international transit services," Salehi said.
He expressed hope that other countries in the region would join the North-South transit corridor which connects the Persian Gulf and central Asia, according to the report.
Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi, for his part, said that all participating countries attach importance to the five- party agreement.
The agreement has opened a new chapter on expansion of cooperation among these countries, he said.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al- Thani said at the meeting that suitable grounds for construction of railway, land roads and shipping lines should be created.
For his part, Uzbek Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev said that the ancient Silk Road was a historical bridge linking the countries of the region and that the new agreement will help revive Silk Road with much more strength.
"The agreement helps promote businesses cooperation and revive Silk Road as well as modernizing airports, railways, land roads and shipping lines," he said.
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