International shipping lines are stepping up port calls to Iran as the country’s massive maritime trade sector is emerging from sanctions.
A multi-purpose port Iran is building near the Strait of Hormuz has absorbed 700 million euros in foreign investment. Officials say the new port can turn into one of the biggest and most discussed international ports in the world.
Abbas Akhundi said that due to sanctions during the past decades Iran has just managed to buy second-hand planes, noting the renovation of the national air fleet is an absolute necessity.
The first cargo, including 45 freight wagons, carried on the Silk Road railway has crossed the Incha-Burun border with Turkmenistan into Iran.
The minister of roads and urbanization says Iran attaches special importance to development of its civil aviation fleet and that of airports and passenger terminals.
The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said that the US did not have the right to block the planes on international trips but Iran had to get ready for any eventuality.
German budget airlines Germania will have twice-a-week direct flights from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Tehran, in addition to a once-a-week direct flight from Hamburg to Mashhad.
Foreign companies are willing to sell their air navigation products to Iran following nuclear talks between Tehran and P5+1.
President Hassan Rouhani says that the entire region will benefit from the Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway, adding it marks a new beginning for better interaction among regional nations.
"There is no obstacle to the development of mutual cooperation between Iran and Kyrgyzstan," President Rouhani said in a meeting with Kyrgyzstan's ambassador to Tehran.