Jawad al Kharsan told AKnews that initial technical and economic feasibility studies into the rail project had been conducted by both countries.
He explained that talks between a senior delegation from Jordan and the state-owned Iraqi Railway Company concluded on Sunday, and that there remained some financial challenges on the Iraqi side, but he was optimistic about the project’s potential.
“Iraq faces some financial problems that need to be resolved in order to extend the line to the Jordanian border between Karama and Traibil [Turaybeel, Tirbil, Tarbiel],” he said, adding “The German firm Duch Cunsol has been contracted to construct a 420 km line from Ramadi to Traibil”.
"The Baghdad-Aqaba railway will connect Iraq to the European countries with which it has economic ties, and will be one of the key projects through the dry channel”.
In April 2010, the Iraqi government announced plans to construct an integrated transport link with countries in the region through the dry channel that links the Mediterranean to the Arabic Gulf. It will be the biggest transfer channel in the world, according to the report from AKnews.