TEHRAN – The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (known as RAI) has said his company is negotiating with Russia to purchase new locomotives for the country’s railway fleet, IRNA reported.
Miad Salehi, who accompanied Transport Minister Rostam Qasemi on his visit to Moscow in late April, noted that during the visit the two sides also held talks on the completion of the Rasht-Astara railway and the improvement and signaling of the Incheh Borun-Garmsar railway.
According to Salehi, while in Moscow, Iranian officials met with Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev and Russian Railways General Director Oleg Belozerov.
Iran and Russia signed a comprehensive agreement in late April aimed at expanding transport cooperation between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Qasemi and his Russian counterpart Savelyev at the end of Qasemi’s visit to Moscow.
The Iranian minister, who headed a high-ranking delegation to Moscow, discussed various topics, including the finalization of previously concluded agreements in the field of rail, sea, road and air transport with the Russian official. .
Speaking at the meeting, Savelyev referred to the expansion of relations between the two countries and expressed hope that with the signing of this agreement, bilateral cooperation in the field of transport will be further expanded.
Russia’s transport minister said the North-South rail corridor could serve as a basis for expanding cooperation between Russia, Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and that an agreement would be needed to put implement this massive project.
He also expressed hope that the two parties would work together to complete the Rasht-Astara railway project as soon as possible.
Stressing that his country sees the Islamic Republic of Iran as a trade and transit hub in the region, Savelyev said: “With the completion of Iranian railway lines, especially the Rasht-Astara section, North will be connected to the Indian subcontinent, and this will generate huge transit revenues for countries along the route, including Iran and Russia.
Qasemi for his part expressed the Iranian government’s willingness to expand ties with neighboring countries.
“If Iran and Russia work closely together, US and Western sanctions against the two countries will have no effect,” the Iranian minister said.
According to the official, the development of transport relations between the two countries is a prerequisite for the expansion of trade ties, saying that Iran welcomes any kind of agreement between the two countries in the field of transport.
“Trade between the two countries and Russian exports to other countries via Iran can be subject to new agreements and these agreements can be implemented as soon as possible,” he said. .