“The bilateral and trilateral negotiations between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia have taken place in order to launch the Astara-Moscow passenger train and the continuation of these negotiations requires technical and precise trade discussions between the experts of the three countries,” Director-General of Iranian Railway Company's International Affairs Department Abbas Nazari said.
"The North-South corridor is one of the strategic projects between the two countries,” he added.
Nazari reiterated that the South-West Corridor and the connection of Black Sea to the Persian Gulf is another major railway projects in the country that will transport goods from European countries of Poland, Ukraine and Georgia as well as Azerbaijan and Iran to the Persian Gulf, India and other states of the Persian Gulf.
“The bilateral and trilateral negotiations between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia have taken place in order to launch the Astara-Moscow passenger train and the continuation of these negotiations requires technical and precise trade discussions between the experts of the three countries,” Nazari said about the Astara-Moscow passenger train.
In October 2015, Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Cooperation Commission ratified implementation of the North-South Corridor.
"The two sides agreed on construction of the Rasht-Astara railways as well as completion of Qazvin-Rasht railways and its connection to Rasht-Astara by 2016," Iranian Ambassador in Azerbajian Mohsen Pakaein said.
"The Silk Road will also be completed by the Iranian and Azeri railways, and European countries such as Finland can be connected via Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman," he added.
Earlier in September, Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi reiterated Tehran's willingness to expand its railway connections with neighbors, and said Iran is ready to complete Qazvin-Rasht-Anzali-Astara railway through cooperation with Russia and Azerbaijan.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Azeri Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev in Tehran.
Akhoundi said that for the development of Iran-Azerbaijan transportation relations in addition to the completion of Qazvin-Astara railway which might take several years, two short-term mechanisms are proposed for speedy implementation.