Iran's Commercial Trade with Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Resumes
publish date: Wednesday 13 May 2020
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MRUD News—After trilateral video-conferencing meeting between Iran-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan on 12 May 2020 to examine transport and transit cooperation, Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Mohammad Eslami, in response to the reporters about the plans of the Ministry for resuming the commercial trade stated that "we are to resume the commercial trade. The Health Ministry has set some initiatives and protocols that we have observed every one of them".
Eslami added that "Turkmenistan's Health Ministry has a different idea. We had 10 meter-long disinfection tunnels that we have extended it to 20 meter. It was agreed that trains' drivers and staffs will do corona test and need to have health certificate with them. All these are under process and we hope that as per our agreement by next 15 days we witness good things happening in the transit sector".
Eslami mentioned that it is about 2 months that the transit to Turkmenistan and Central Asian countries has been stopped and this endangers transport companies. He added that from the very beginning we installed doorways for disinfection of trains, but Turkmenistan Government emphasized on 20 meter-long tunnels that we implemented it. By next 15 days, we resumes road and rail transport with Turkmenistan. We hope we can re-launch commerce before long.
Bayram Geldi Eyvazov, Turkmenistan's Minister of Transport, also informed of forming a commission comprised of representatives of the two countries that is going to increase transactions at border terminals of Sarakhs, Lotfabad, and Gudan.
Upon the request of Iran Minister, he also pledged to follow up the problem of five Iranian trucks that have been stopped at Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan borders and installation of 200 meter rails at Sarakhs Border.
Uzbekistan Minister of Transport, Alyar Ghaniov, pointed to the compulsory quarantine protocols and asked Turkmenistan Minister to resolve the aggregation of wagons at Iran-Uzbekistan border.