Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Nikzad has signed an agreement with his Russian counterpart to develop Tehran-Moscow cooperation in the transport sector.

The agreement was signed in Moscow on 24 November. Both countries agreed to make efforts to develop bilateral and multilateral cooperation in road, rail, air and marine transportation. Both ministers also discussed ways of accelerating the completion of north-south transport corridor.

In March, Central Asian development body Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) said it was carrying out feasibility studies into three international  railway projects that will pass through Iran (MEED 6:3:11). The ECO comprises 10 countries, which are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Together, the region has 52,067km of railway lines.