Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line was put into service on Monday, October 30, with a historical ceremony held in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
In addition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakıtcan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan and TCDD General Director İsa Apaydın She attended.
ERDOĞAN: WE ARE A COMMON SUCCESS
In his speech at the ceremony, President Erdoğan thanked the Prime Ministers of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Uzbekistan for the participation of the President of Azerbaijan Aliyev and pointed out that they took a very important step for the future.
Erdoğan stated that one of the rings of the new Silk Road initiative, which was initiated with the aim of connecting Asia, Europe and Africa, was put into service with this ceremony. Thus, we declare that there is an uninterrupted railway connection from London to China. This project, which is the work of our determination and vision, is the common success of all of us. Kar
Erdoğan continued his speech by referring to the Azeri proverb, ir The bitter onion that is eaten painfully, honey that is eaten with gratitude geçiril. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my country and my nation, wishing that the project would be beneficial for all our peoples, for all of our region. Ül
S COMPLETE PROJECT SUPPLIERS WILL HAVE A LOT OF SERVICE “
The world's heart with Erdogan reminded that we are extremely strategic lived in geography, the region's transportation trade, noting that it has an enormous potential energy from tourism, "this potential with investments in the railway sector at the end 15 years in Turkey, we struggle to implement. To date, we have presented many services to the public, complementary to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project. Marmaray, the construction of high-speed train lines, the renewal of the existing train lines, the third bridge that we built in Istanbul and the rail transit system are some of them, Marmar he said.
TA THE PROJECT CONNECTING CENTRAL ASIA TO THE WEST “
Stressing the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project for the Central Asian Republics, Erdogan said;
. We increased the efficiency and attractiveness of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project with our investments. With Alat Port of Azerbaijan, we connect not only three countries, but also all Central Asian republics to western transportation routes. In the same way, we connect Turkmenistan via Turkmenbasi Port and Kazakhstan via Aktau Port to Europe. Aynı
UM 12 DAY WITH CHINA AND EUROPE “
Stating that the BTK Project will have a capacity of 1 million passengers and 6,5 million tons of freight, and the capacity will reach 2034 million passengers and 3 million tons of cargo in 17, President Erdoğan said, “The importance of the project is the most advantageous for our transporters on the historical Silk Road in terms of time and distance. it comes from offering possibilities. After all of our high-speed train lines are put into operation, freight from China will reach European Union countries through the middle corridor in 12-15 days, thanks to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project. Currently, the amount of freight going to Europe via China is over 240 million tons. Even if 10 percent of this cargo is transported through the middle corridor passing through our countries, 24 million tons of additional cargo will be transported. said.
”THE PROJECT WILL BRING PEACE, WELFARE, SECURITY AND STABILITY“
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pointed out that such a line would not be just economic. As long as we act in solidarity and cooperation as the ancient states of the region, we can achieve much larger projects. The projects we have implemented so far, such as Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum and TANAP are a guarantee of what we will do next. Bugün
ALİYEV: İL SHORT AND THE MOST TRUSTED ROAD AL
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in his speech at the ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey were realized thanks to the will, the agreement of that in Georgia, the foundation of that taken in Turkey, while the opening voicing held in Baku Project in Azerbaijan Turkey and Georgia's friendship, I could do was draw the gold thanks to the brotherhood.
Aliyev emphasized that the 850 kilometer of the 504 kilometer of the project, which is of historical and strategic importance, passes through Azerbaijan and said, elik ICTA is the shortest and most reliable way to connect Europe to Asia. With this line the first stage will be moved to more than 5 million, then the 17 million tons later. ICTA will be an important part of the Eurasian transportation map. BT
KVİRİKAŞVILI: BTK WAS BRIDGE BETWEEN ASIAN AND EUROPE
In his speech at the ceremony, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili mentioned the importance of the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project for Central Asia.
“BTK has built a bridge between Asia and Europe. With this project, the foundation of the new Eurasia bridge was laid. This line will connect both economies and citizens.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who said that they will provide the products needed for developing markets with new channels, will contribute to the world economy as well.
SAGİNTAYEV: TRANSPORTATION TO EASTERN EUROPE WILL ACCELERATE
Underlining that they are one of the first countries to support BTK, Kazakhstan Prime Minister Bakıtcan Sagintayev emphasized that the project has become more important with the support of China.
Sagintayev said, “Our country has made huge investments in transportation logistics in the last 9 years. We renewed the roads and Aktau port. BTK will increase Kazakhstan's transit power in the Caspian. It will reach 25 million tons of power per year. With BTK, we have provided the shortest route from China, Central Asia to the Caspian. Transport to Eastern Europe via the Caspian will be twice as fast. " said.
ARİPOV: BTK WILL BRING OUR REGION
Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov emphasized that BTK is very important in terms of delivering products produced in Central Asia to a wide geography and that they have a very strong transportation corridor with BTK, “BTK offers us short and direct transportation from China to Europe. . We will increase our shipping volume. We believe that BTK will bring prosperity to our region. " he spoke.
After the speeches, the leaders traveled to Alat Station, which is 12 minutes away by train from Kazakhstan, while simulating nails and changing scissors on the rails.