Turkey calls on China for strategic railway cooperation

Turkish Minister of Transportation Yildirim proposed strategic cooperation to China for railways.

Turkey calls on China for strategic railway cooperation

 

Turkish Minister of Transportation Binali Yildirim proposed strategic cooperation to China for railways.

Minister Yildirim met with Chinese Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun in Beijing on Wednesday as part of his talks in China.

In his meeting with Zhijun, Minister Yildirim made a call on the governments of Turkey and China to turn cooperation in railways into a strategic cooperation.

As such, Yildirim said speed train railways would spread all across Turkey.

We must include financial packages as part of the cooperation, Yildirim noted.

It is high time to turn the Silk Road into a Silk Railway, Yildirim said.

Accordingly, a railway beginning from the far eastern point of China and extending to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey could be built and the duration of transportation (of both passengers and cargo) could go down significantly compared to maritime traffic, Yildirim said.

Minister Liu Zhijun said that the Chinese leadership wished to develop cooperation with Turkey.

Following their meeting, Yildirim and Zhijun signed a memorandum of understanding on development of bilateral cooperation in railways and spreading such cooperation onto third countries.
 

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Temmuz 2010, 12:00
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