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#Uzbekistan #Afghanistan: #Friendship Bridge over Amudarya was constructed in 1982. Northern Distribution Network, U.S. non-military supply route, still functions in a limited way and goes through this post. #CentralAsia #Security #AfghanWar Will be posting more from Termez. pic.twitter.com/rK7XV7yi6H
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Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid an official visit to Uzbekistan on 4-6 December 2017, at the invitation of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
In a joint statement:
11. The Presidents noted the priority importance of bilateral cooperation in the field of transport and transit corridors, which provide the shortest and most effective access to foreign markets.
In this regard, the Parties agreed to further intensify mutual efforts aimed at ensuring the construction of railways and highways, as well as facilitating the development of transit traffic and trade on the territory of Afghanistan. In particular, based on the efficient bilateral cooperation and the experience of mutual benefit, the Parties agreed to jointly implement the following projects aimed at further development of transport infrastructure in Afghanistan:
- Construction of the “Mazar-e-Sharif–Herat” railway line, planned within the framework of the “Trans-Afghan Transport Corridor”;
The Presidents welcomed the signing of cooperation agreements on the “Termez-Hairatan” bridge between the relevant organizations of the two countries.
Source: Joint statement, Office of the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 5 December 2017
Remarking on the importance of transit facilitation between the two countries, President Ghani said that the agreement on implementation of Mazar e Sharif – Herat Railways will contribute to regional connectivity and allow smooth flow of exports. He said, “This is one of the major regional transit projects and both countries are earnestly working on the implementation and funding.”
Source: President Ghani: A New Chapter Of Afghan-Uzbek Relations Has Been Opened Out, Office of the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 5 December 2017
We have to make every human effort to see Surkhandara connected to Puli-Khomri through the transmission line. And we have to devote the next month to see how we are going to move to implementation and financing the railway from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat.
Let me assure the people of Uzbekistan and the government of Uzbekistan that the people and government of Afghanistan have every intention to transform Uzbekistan into one of our major trading and transit partners.
Source: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s Remarks During Joint Press Conference With President Of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Office of the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 5 December 2017
20 documents aimed at further strengthening of cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, scientific, education and other spheres were also signed. They include documents on establishment of a joint commission on the issues of security, provision of legal assistance in civil, family and criminal cases, construction of Surkhan – Puli Khumri power line, the Mazari Sharif – Sheberghan – Maymana – Herat railway, the interaction in the sphere of freight and customs.
Source: Documents have been signed, Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, % December 2017
An undated AP video of the Uzbek end of the Friendship Bridge. “Kharitom” is another variant spelling of Hairaton, Hayratan etc to add to the list…
At this moment a freight train energises its way past me, just to remind me there are other people around. I briefly envisage Ringo Starr belting out a shit Thomas the Tank Engine line. This is truly off the rails though.
Two videos of walking over the Friendship Bridge:
A Russian-language photograph archive with images of the official opening ceremony for the Friendship bridge between the USSR and Afghanistan on 12 May 1982, and associated events including a tree-planting ceremony on the previous day.
The photos include a view of the bridge decorated with large photos of Soviet and Afghan bigwigs – I think they are Brezhnev on the left and Afghanistan’s President Karmal on the right(?).
Photos of Hairatan taken by Cyril Groue on 12 August 2012. Includes some wagons, and views of the Friendship Bridge.
Some RIA Novosti photos:
- Afghan fuel trucks at the Soviet-Afghan border. Turkmenistan, 04/18/1978 [18 April 1978], author Fred Grinberg. A black and white photo of showing the railway on the left.
- Afghan gasoline tank trucks with the Soviet fuel en route to the city of Herat is a colour picture of the same location. It is dated 06/01/1978 [but is that DD/MM//YYYY, or MM/DD/YYYY], however it looks to be taken at almost the same time as the picture above – compare the vehicles and the people.
- New bridge connecting the Soviet port of Termez and the Afghan port of Hairatan, event date 07/01/1984.
Some 20 February 2010 photos of Hairatan at the website of Mohammad Sadiq, Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan:
Yes Afghanistan has railways-this one linked Heratan Port with the Soviet Union.