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Pakistan-Iran-Turkey cargo train arrived in Ankara after 13 days. A ceremony was held at the Turkish capital on Wednesday to mark the arrival of the first Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) train carrying goods from Pakistan to Turkiye, via Iran after the resumption of its operations.

The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) cargo train started its journey from Islamabad on Dec. 21, 2021, and arrived in Ankara in around 13 days. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, Member of Pakistan National Assembly Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, and Iranian Ambassador to Turkiye Mohammad Farazmand attended the ceremony.

Departing from the Margalla station in Islamabad, the train took a route of 5,981 kilometers (3,666 miles) in 12 days and 21 hours. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The ITI cargo train aims to boost trade ECO countries. It comprises eight loaded wagons, 20 feet each with a capacity of 22 tons.

Turkish Minister Karaismailoglu in his speech said the new railway will offer new options to the industrialists and businesspeople on the Pakistan-Iran-Turkiye route. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“It will save time and cost compared to sea transportation between Pakistan and Turkiye, which takes 35 days, and will lead to the development of trade between the two countries,” he said.

“Thus, with the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul train, a new railway corridor will be provided to our exporters in the south of Asia — having the highest population density globally — reaching Pakistan, neighboring India, China, Afghanistan, and Iran. In this way, our country will be one step closer to its goals of becoming a bridge and logistics base between Asia and Europe,” Karaismailoglu added. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“We get access to the European markets and Turkey gets access to the central Asian states so it is a mutually beneficial arrangement and I hope it will be sustainable and we can grow from it further,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi told Anadolu Agency in an interview. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});