MINSK, 14 March (BelTA) – Belarus will join Iran and Russia to develop the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC), Belarus' Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko told journalists commenting on the outcomes of the talks between the presidents of Belarus and Iran in Tehran on 13 March, BelTA has learned.
“Iran needs to build about 180 kilometers of railway today. And the country has actively embarked on this work in order to extend the North-South railway corridor to the port of Bandar Abbas. This is also important for us, because when we talk about transportation in Iran, we also talk about transit through Iran to distant countries. This is a very important corridor, and we agreed to work on it together,” said Aleksei Avramenko.
The minister added that after the talks between the presidents of Belarus and Iran, a protocol was signed to amend the intergovernmental agreement on international road haulage dated 4 February 1998. “This means that our carriers, just like Iranian ones, will face no barriers in bilateral transportation,” he explained.