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News number: 8902151192

16:21 | 2010-05-05

Economy

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Iran, Azerbaijan to Construct New Border Bridge

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and the republic of Azerbaijan agreed to build a new bridge in the border region of Astara in northern Iran to facilitate exchange of visits and transit of goods between the two countries, a member of the Iranian parliament announced on Wednesday.



"Iran and the republic of Azerbaijan's second bridge will be built in Astara and over the border river of Astarachai," Farhad Dalq-Poush said today, adding that the new bridge will be 60 meters in length.

The lawmaker said that the bridge will have a pathway for pedestrians, a car lane for vehicles and a railway line.

He said that the agreement for the construction of the new bridge was made during a recent visit to Baku by Iran's parliamentary friendship group.

Dalq-Poush further reminded the proper trade and customs capacities in the two countries' common border regions in Iran's northern province of Gilan, and stated, "The two sides can utilize these capacities to enhance the financial status of the local populace."

The lawmaker also pointed out that the two sides have agreed to widen the Astara-Baku international road.

"The republic of Azerbaijan pledged to finish the complementary parts of the Astara-Baku international road in one year and by using $220 million of facilities granted by the Asia Development Bank, governmental credits and the Iranian government's participation," the lawmaker concluded.