Uzbekistan has established a transit hub at its border with Afghanistan in order to promote trade and transit ties between the two countries, President Ashraf Ghani’s advisor on Central Asian Affairs Shakir Kargar has said.
According to Kargar, the development project established in Uzbekistan’s Termez city includes a railway line and station, a trade center for commercial goods and roads for transporting of goods. Kargar also said Uzbekistan is interested in investing $500 million in the construction of a 657km railway line from Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat which will connect Uzbekistan to Iran through Afghanistan.
According to Kargar, Uzbekistan’s Andi Jan port is near the new transit hub and that Afghan traders can use this port, ToloNews reported Sunday.
“Now most of our transit problems in Uzbekistan have been solved. Now Afghanistan’s goods can be transited to Russia and China through Uzbekistan’s Andi Jan port,” said Kargar.
Kargar also said the establishment of such a transit hub in Uzbekistan holds long term benefits and will provide the opportunity for Afghanistan to expand its trade relations with Russia and China.