ArmInfo. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced progress in the construction of the "Zangezur Transport Corridor" through the territory of Armenia.
"As you know, this (the Zangezur corridor - ed. note) is mentioned in a joint statement on November 10. Since then, very serious steps have been taken in this issue at the meetings of the working group at the level of the deputy prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. I can state with confidence that the railway corridor will be opened, "Aliyev said in an interview with the State Television of Azerbaijan (AZTV).
Aliyev also explained why this issue is being discussed with the Russian Federation. "The Armenian railways belong to Russia. Therefore, we are discussing this issue with the Russian side," he said, RIA Novosti reports.
In the future plans of the President of Azerbaijan - "the connection of Zangilan, located in the region of Eastern Zangezur, with Western Zangezur, and then through Ordubad with Nakhichevan and Turkey."
He noted that the construction of the Horadiz (Fizuli region) - Aghband (Azerbaijan) railway was launched, the missing section of 15-16 kilometers long from the Azerbaijani Ordubad to the border with Armenia will be built. According to him, the Nakhichevan railway already operates, both passenger and cargo transportation is carried out, and with the construction of the Horadiz-Aghband section, the entire infrastructure on the territory controlled by Baku will be created.
It should be reminded that the agreement on the creation of a working group at the level of deputy prime ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, which will focus on establishing transport and economic ties in Karabakh, was reached during the meeting of the leaders of the three countries on January 11 in Moscow. These agreements became a continuation of the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020 on the cessation of hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.