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Moscow, Tehran, and Baku Agree to Form Working Group on Freight Transport for North-South Corridor

Baku, June 17, 2024, The Europe Today: Representatives from Moscow, Tehran, and Baku have agreed to establish a working group focused on freight transport within the international North-South transport corridor. The decision followed a thorough inspection of border and customs terminals on the Russian-Azerbaijani and Azerbaijani-Iranian borders, as reported by Andrei Tanayev, the representative of the Dagestan government at the Russian trade mission in Iran, according to Azerbaijani media.

“We held a trilateral meeting at the expert level in Derbent between the Russian, Azerbaijani, and Iranian delegations and inspected customs and border points,” Tanayev stated.

A total of 27 experts participated in the meeting, with nine representatives from each country. The Russian delegation was led by Sergei Semenov, Director of the Department of State Policy in the Field of Automobile and Urban Passenger Transport at the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The delegation also included members from the Ministry of Economic Development, the Federal Customs Service, and the Federal Service for Supervision of Transport.

Russian authorities anticipate that the North-South corridor could serve as a viable alternative to the Suez Canal, providing a seamless route for transit supplies to Europe and from Russia to the Persian Gulf.

This development underscores the growing cooperation among Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan in enhancing regional connectivity and trade efficiency through the North-South transport corridor.