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

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

Azerbaijan opened a long-delayed railway through the Caucasus region that is meant to become a new transport corridor for goods carried between Asia and Europe.

"Kars is part of a big Silk Road and it's important that we have implemented this project using our own funds", Turkish president Mr Tayyip Erdogan said at the inauguration ceremony, which was also attended by Azerbaijan's president Mr Ilham Aliyev and Georgian prime minister Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

Addressing opening ceremony at Caspian port city of Alat (New port of Baku), Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said that BTK is the shortest and most reliable link between Europe and Asia and 846 kilometer railways route will provide an alternative route to existing rail services carrying cargo from Asia (China) to Europe via Russian Federation and Iran.

Top leaders of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia opened on Monday a newly built railway line which connects the three countries in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, linking central Asia and Europe through the Caucasus region.

BTK's initial capacity of five million tonnes of freight a year is expected to increase to 17 million tonnes within a year. The new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway promises to provide an economic boost to the region.

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"The BTK is the shortest and most reliable route connecting Europe with Asia", said Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.

After departing China, trains will cross Central Asian country of Kazakhstan before being transported by ferry across the Caspian Sea towards Baku and then heading to Western Europe via Georgia and Turkey.

"Investors who want to set up logistics centers in Eastern Anatolia and carry goods from the region to other areas are looking forward to the project", he added. This decision was taken in 2006 by Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia with the support of Kazakhstan and China. "The project will have impetus to tourism and new jobs will be created", he added.

Azerbaijan hasn't disclosed the total cost of the project, though it agreed to lend $775m from its sovereign wealth fund to Georgia to finance work on the Georgian section of the railway.


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