The Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) said that Iran is ready to work with Iraq for the development of a railway from Shalamcheh in Iran to Basra in Iraq.
TEHRAN UIC RAME: RAI and Ministry of Roads and Urban Development (MRUD) announced Iran’s readiness to work with Iraq for the development of a railway from the city of Shalamcheh in Iran to the city of Basra in Iraq.
At a trilateral meeting with Iraqi and Syrian officials on Monday, 1 July 2019, it was disscussed that in order for the project to proceed, Iraq will have to introduce Iran to a local partner. The 32km project is to be implemented in three months.
A memorandum of understanding was signed after the meeting preparing the ground for construction of the project. A sketch of a big bridge over the Arvand Rud (known as Shat al-Arab in Iraq) has been prepared, and will be implemented in three months.
After completion of the project, the railway would be connected to Khorramshahr in Iran.