Iraq, Iran, and Syria are planning to build a railway line that will connect the three countries, Al Sumaria news website reported on Sunday.
The head of the Iraqi Railway Company, Salib al-Hussaini, announced a tripartite summit to discuss the project.
The reports coincide with statements by Iran’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri regarding an initiative to establish a road from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.
‘We will connect the Persian Gulf with Iraq and Syria and from there to the Mediterranean through railways and roads,’ Jahangiri said, referring to the ongoing construction of a railroad that will link Shalamcheh (Iran) with Basra (Iraq).
It is estimated that the cost of the latter project amounts to about 70 million dollars with the possibility of connecting later to Iran and Syria through Iraq.
Last March, Iran, and Iraq signed five memorandums of understanding to expand their economic ties, one of which includes the construction of the railway line.