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Transportation: plans to connect Iraq to a railway network with Europe
The Economy News - Baghdad
The Ministry of Transport confirmed its efforts to connect Iraq with a railway network with Europe, while clarifying the extent of the damage to railway installations in areas liberated from ISIS.
The technical director of the ministry, Abbas Omran, said in a statement reported by the official news agency "Waaa" and seen by "Al-Iqtisad News", "The ministry is about developing a rail link with Turkey, so that the transportation operations will be continuous to transfer the materials from the ports to Turkey and then to Europe and from the western side." Towards Syria, Tartous, and the Mediterranean Sea, and from the eastern side to Iran, and this map is continuing. "
Imran added that "terrorist acts that occurred during the control of the terrorist gangs of ISIS have significantly damaged railway facilities," noting that "70% of the basins lost their railways in Baiji district, in addition to destroying a 25-kilometer railway, and some were stolen, in addition to 5 bridges collapsed due to terrorist acts.
He continued, "Rehabilitation of these railways needs money, especially since one kilometer costs 3 million to 12 million dollars," noting that "there are many companies that advanced, but the ministry stipulated that the work be an investment and not only provide schemes."
He pointed out that "the railways in terms of oil is one of the best means of transportation", stressing that "the ministry is seeking to link the port of Umm Qasr with the port of Al-Fao to Europe."
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