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."