Afghani-Iranian Rail Link Proposed
April 17, 2007 (LPAC)--The proposed Khwuf-Herat railway to connect Iran and Afghanistan was discussed by Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta at a press conference in Kabul April 15, IRNA reports. The proposal for this rail link was signed last year by the Presidents of Iran and Afghanistan. It will connect the city of Khwuf, northeast Iran, with the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. The Foreign Minister, just returned from a three-day visit to Iran, said that "Once this railway project is implemented, northern and southern parts of Afghanistan will be connected to Pakistan. Besides railway lines inside the country will also expand."
Pakistan has also been discussing building an 11-km rail link from its city of Chawan, about 80 km from Quetta, to the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak. Until now, Afghanistan has had NO rail lines at all. Of course, the military situation in Afghanistan remains a critical factor as to whether these lines can be built.