Leaders inaugurate Kars - Tbilisi - Baku railway

Rail link corridor for Asia-Europe goods finally opens

The ceremony was followed by the symbolic driving of railroad spikes and the pulling of railroad switches that officially sent off the first cargo train along the BTK railway. The capacity will then reach 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of cargo in next three years.

"The railway is a new Eurasian bridge, connecting not only the economies of our countries but also our citizens", Kvirikashvili said at the opening.

Ilham Aliyev stressed that his proves significance of the project, noting that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line is a historical project.

"Central Asia, Kazakhstan and a number of European countries show great interest in Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway".

"This project will bring our countries closer to each other".

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BTK railway track is being considered as a new Eurasian bridge and shortest route to China to reach Europe while bypassing Russian Federation and Iran.

The railway line is also created to become a key part of the southern route of the emerging New Silk Road network of trade and transport corridors between China and Europe.

According to Georgia Rail the project effectively opens a new rail-only corridor from the Caspian Sea to Europe via Turkey, excluding the need for sea transportation with the opening of the Marmaray rail tunnel under the Bosporus. "It is equally important that the corridor will be a factor ensuring stable and secure development of the entire South Caucasus region", he said.

"The BTK is very appropriate to the logic of the Belt and Road Initiative, and has a global importance in regards to the interconnectivity between the European and Asian continents", said Atli.

"The BTK will offer easier, less expensive transportation options, will strengthen people-to-people contacts, contribute to developments to increase the welfare of the region with tourism, promote mobility of goods and people and integrate the region with the global community and markets", said Ozge Nur Ogutcu, an analyst at the Ankara-based Center for Eurasian Studies in a recent report. Even today, as it was in the past, any project that contains corridors passing through this region will benefit all actors.

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