Iraq-Jordan Rail Agreement Signed

The railway between Baghdad and Aqaba, Jordan, got one step closer to realization on Wednesday, with the signing of a preliminary agreement between the governments of the two countries, the Iraqi Transport Ministry announced.

The project, which the ministry hopes will strengthen commercial ties with Jordan, involves the construction of a 150 km connecting spur. The trains will travel up to speeds of 140 kilometers per hour [87 mph].

Spokesperson for the General Railways Company, Jawad al Kharsan, told AKnews that, “it will be one the most important lines owned by Iraq. We are working on the Qaem-Syria line so that it reaches Traibil, then we can get on with building the Baghdad-Aqaba line

“The Jordanian side expressed its desire for the railway to pass through the border crossing at Traibil-Karama.”

(Source: AKnews)

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