Turkey signs major trade, transport corridor deal
Turkey joins Lapis Lazuli transit corridor connecting Europe and Asia
By Zeynep Akyil and Bahattin Gonultas
Five countries -- Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia -- on Wednesday signed a major international trade and transport corridor deal.
The Lapis Lazuli Corridor will begin in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province and
It will continue to Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan and after passing the Caspian Sea will link the Azerbaijani capital Baku to Tbilisi and Georgia’s Black Sea ports of Batumi and Poti.
It will connect with Kars in eastern Turkey before linking to Istanbul and Europe.
The corridor will connect with Turkey’s Middle Corridor Project (East-West Trans-Caspian Trade and Transport Corridor) and will
Wednesday’s agreement, which was finalized after three years of technical talks, was signed during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VII) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz signed the agreement on behalf of Ankara.
Current projects to improve infrastructure and procedures across the five countries are estimated to exceed $2 billion, according to RECCA VII.
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