TAT railway security still an issue, Tajikistan says

By Dzhumaguly Annayev

DUSHANBE -- Turkmenistan still has not signed the three-country agreement on construction of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan (TAT) railway because of security concerns in Afghanistan, Tajik officials say.

Turkmenistan had not affirmed the agreement as of August 1, Tajik Transport Minister Sherali Ganjalzoda said that day, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

In response to Tajik inquiries, the Turkmen government says that it "is reviewing the agreement", Ganjalzoda said. The pact includes the proposed route through Afghanistan for the railway.

One reason for the delay in building the railway is concern over security in parts of Afghanistan where the railway would go, Usmon Kalandarov, the deputy chief of Tajikistan's railway agency, said July 26, according to RFE/RL.

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