Uzbekistan, Tajikistan to re-open Galaba-Amuzang railway: official


DUSHANBE -- The Galaba-Amuzang railway, which connects Uzbekistan and southern Tajikistan, is scheduled to re-open Thursday (March 1), a source in the Tajik government told AsiaPlus.tj.

The railway was closed for years because of poor relations between the two countries.

Senior transport ministry officials from both countries and provincial officials from Khatlon Province, Tajikistan, and Surkhandarya (Surxondaryo) Province, Uzbekistan, are expected to meet at the border, said the source.

The first freight train is expected to arrive at the Khosahdi railway station in Shaartuz District, Khatlon Province, Thursday, according to the source.

"This railway could be used for transporting Tajik goods, particularly cement, to Afghanistan through Termez, Uzbekistan," Tajik Minister of Transport Khudoyor Khudoyorzoda told journalists in Dushanbe February 15.

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