On December 3-4, a meeting of the heads of railway administrations of Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan was held in Tashkent, Kun.uz correspondent reports.
The agenda included an actual issue – implementation of the project to build the railway line “Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar”. This road can become a part of the Eurasian concept of interconnectivity, which is currently supported by the European Union.
Following the meeting, a Protocol was signed on the establishment of a joint working group and a financial consortium between the railway administrations of Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The importance of the new railway line is specified by the need to address the issue of finding alternative land routes by which cargo can be delivered to Europe and in the opposite direction.
The solution to the lack of a railway linking India and Pakistan with other countries could be the construction of the railway line Mazar-i-Sharif – Khulm – Puli-Khumri – Doshi – Surabay – Jalalabad – Torkham (Pakistan) through the Afghan capital Kabul, which will become a transport corridor connecting European Union, Russia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the states of Southeast Asia.