Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia transport ministers of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project covered the capital of Azerbaijan met in Baku.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım, Georgia's Minister of Transport, Ramaz Nikoloşvili, Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Memmedov and ministerial bureaucrats.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister Yıldırım said, “We are here to discuss the current status of the BTK project and the future work, not only for three countries but for the whole region. The heads of the three countries would not follow the project closely if BTK was not important. ”
Stating that the next part of the project is becoming more and more important, Yıldırım said: “As the construction progresses, issues such as the issues related to the superstructure, the operation, and the model with which it will be built will gradually come to the agenda. We should not have a problem in this regard. The success of this project depends not only on its execution, but also on the effective management of time by eliminating time losses at border crossings. ”
Ramaz Nokolaşvili, on the other hand, stated that all three countries should work seriously to put the BTK railway line into service completely and on time. I estimate that the railway will be put into service next year. ”
Azeri Minister Memmedov said that the project is important for three countries and regions, and said: “The country heads are closely involved. This project will enable the development of national economies and an increase in trade volume. ”
Memmedov also said, “Everyone works with devotion, even if we work in difficult terrain, in mountainous areas, or if we face the weather opposition. We are about to achieve the goal we have set. By the end of the year, the line up to the Georgian border will be completed. The project will be completed in 2014 and trains will begin transportation. ”
Source : http://www.haberfx.net