— Wahid Waissi (@WahidWaissi) November 28, 2016
The railway from Atamyrat in Turkmenistan to the Ymamnazar border crossing point (85 km) and Afghanistan’s customs facilities at Akina (3 km) was officially opened on 28 November 2016 by Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.1
Construction of the line had been launched by the presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan with an elaborate ceremony in Atamyrat on 5 June 2013, and a ceremony at Akina on 30 October 2016 marked the laying of the final rails.
— Syed Anwar (@Sayed_Anwer) November 28, 2016
A planned continuation of the line would extend it 35 km to Andkhoy, the first significant town in Afghanistan. The line also forms the first section of the proposed TAT Railway corridor from Turkmenistan via northern Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) November 28, 2016
— 1TVNewsAF (@1TVNewsAF) November 28, 2016
The new line is the second cross-border railway between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, after the short Soviet-built line to a freight terminal at Towraghondi, north of Herat.
— ارگ (@ARG_AFG) November 28, 2016
- President of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan address participants of new railway opening ceremony, State News Agency of Turkmenistan, 28 November 2016 ↩
- «Golden juncture» of the first link of the Asian transnational transport corridor is fastened, State News Agency of Turkmenistan, 28 November 2016 ↩
- Food products and construction materials were transported by a train along Atamurat-Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan)-Akina (Afghanistan) – the first link of the Asian transnational transport corridor, State News Agency of Turkmenistan, 28 November 2016 ↩