The Iraqi Railway Directorate said on Saturday it had started the first step in repairing the railway line between the capital Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul in preparation for linking Iraq with Turkey.
The director of projects in the Iraqi Railway Directorate of the Ministry of Transport, Khalil Lefta, in a press statement, that is now evaluating the damage rail between Baghdad and Mosul in preparation for rehabilitation and linking them to Turkey.
Iraqi forces recovered the city of Mosul last week, three years after its survival under the control of the Daash organization.
Much of the city’s infrastructure has been damaged, including railways used for commercial and civilian purposes, which are essentially outdated.
“The Ministry of Transport plans to link Iraq through a railway network with neighboring countries, namely Turkey, Jordan and Iran,” he added.
He explained that “will be rehabilitated Mosul-Baghdad line, to be linked to Turkey during the next phase, and repair the Baghdad-based line in Anbar province west of the country to connect with Jordan.”
Pointing to “the existence of a railway line, 32 kilometers long, is proposed to invest in the Shalamjah border crossing with Iran, located in Basra in the south of the country, which links Iraq with Iran.”
He said that once these lines are completed, the company will achieve huge financial revenues as a result of the transport of passengers and goods from those countries, “without estimating their value.
Iraq is rebuilding the railway, after much of it has been destroyed and neglected by successive wars and blockade for decades.

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