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Sat, 12/31/2016 - 16:50
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Iran, Azerbaijan launch direct train route

Mashad, Dec 31, IRNA – First passenger train from Nakhcivan in the Republic of Azerbaijan arrived here on Friday night. Iran launched a direct passenger train service between its Northeastern city of Mashhad and Azerbaijan’s isolated enclave of Nakhchivan - a move which is expected to provide the landlocked region with a wide access to Iran’s national rail network. The service was launched in a ceremony participated by the heads of the joint economic commissions of Iran and Azerbaijan. Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, who is also the co-chairman of the Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Commission, said that Mashhad-Nakhchivan train will help promote relations, specially tourism ties, between the two countries. Vaezi emphasized that Tehran was determined to boost ties with Azerbaijan in all areas, adding that the new train service between the two countries was an important move to the same effect. The train from Nakhchivan will travel to Iran’s Northwestern city of Tabriz through Jolfa and thereon to Tehran and finally Mashhad on Sundays and Thursday. The price of the ticket for a one-way trip from Nakhchivan to Mashhad (1,858 kilometers) will be 40 Swiss francs (about $38). The tickets will be put up for sale in Azerbaijan and Iran. Azerbaijan’s media had earlier in October reported that the country had provided Iran with three railway carriages for Nakhchivan-Mashhad passenger train service. Reports had earlier also said that the train to Mashhad would operate under the supervision of Azerbaijan Railways. The company had accordingly announced that it planned to open offices in Iran after the launch of the train service from Nakhchivan to Mashhad. 1378/IRNA