The first freight train on the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route has arrived in Ankara.
A ceremony to welcome the freight train was held at Ankara’s railway station, the report said, citing Anadolu Agency.
Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu said that cargo transportation on the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route is more cost-effective and time-saving than sea transportation between Pakistan and Turkey, and will contribute to the development of trade between the two countries.
Freight trains on the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey resumed in late December. The project, which started in 2009, was stopped in 2011. The travel time on this route is 10 days (by sea – 35 days).