First Freight Train on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Departs Port of Baku

Turkish PM thanks Georgian PM for contribution to Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway

Turkish PM thanks Georgian PM for contribution to Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway

He noted that this festive ceremony is attended by guests from fraternal and friendly countries, welcoming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and a number of other high-ranking officials.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev oversaw the October 30 inauguration ceremony for the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad in the town of Alyat, 70 kilometers southwest of Baku.

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey on Monday launched a rail link between the countries aimed at cutting total journey times from China to Western Europe while bypassing Russian Federation.

The BTK will have an initial capacity to transport 1 million passengers and 5 million tons of freight a year. We were first to support the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project.

Long-awaited transport corridor for goods carried between Asia and Europe was inaugurated on Monday near Baku as first goods train rolled on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway track.

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For his part, Aliyev described the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line as a "historic, global project", praising the funding of the project by the region's own resources. The new railway promises to provide an economic boost to the region. The participating guests witnessed the first trains decorated with the flags of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan departing from the railway station.

The project build the railway was launched in 2007 with an agreement between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

"This line will both tie economies and people together".

The railway line is also created to become a key part of the southern route of the emerging New Silk Road network of trade and transport corridors between China and Europe. It will play its role in ensuring stability and security in the region. "We always say that Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia, but this will then be physically true", said Altay Atli, researcher at the Istanbul-based Sabanci University's Istanbul Policy center.

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