Baku Declaration Brings Together Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia in North-South Corridor
Sept. 10, 2022 (EIRNS)—Azerbaijani, Russian and Iranian officials participated on Sept. 9 in a joint event in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, on the development of the International North-South Transport Corridor, their first trilateral meeting on the project. The parties agreed to cooperate on the assessment and study of the potential for the development of infrastructure and transport possibilities, in particular the Rasht-Astara railway project in Iran, running between the southern Iranian port at Shahid Rajaee (part of the Bandar Abbas complex) on the Persian Gulf, north to the Rasht Port on the Caspian Sea, then connecting to Azerbaijan, thus providing full rail connectivity between the Gulf and Europe.
The full INSTC plans to run from St. Petersburg in Russia, to Mumbai in India, via Astrakhan and Baku on the Caspian Sea, across Iran, and across the Arabian Sea from Bandar Abbas to Mumbai. Thus project is of strategic importance, transiting Iran in order to connect the Indian Subcontinent with Northern Europe.