Minister Turhan, 'The Modern Silk Road is Getting Alive'

Construction of Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project, Çerkezköy-Kapıkule Section, which is the last stage of high quality connection to Trans-European Transport Networks, was held at the old Karaağaç Train Station. To the ceremony held on September 25, 2019; Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan, Chairman of the Delegation of European Union to Turkey Christian Berger, the European Union Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc and TCDD General Director Ali Ihsan participated appropriate.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister delivered a speech at the ceremony, which Cahit Turhan, "Our country's border with Bulgaria güzergâhıyl ranging from Halkali-Istanbul Railway Line Project Kapıkule symbolizes Turkey's EU also connect geographically." made the statement.

In his speech Turkey, three continents, linking a very important geo-strategic and geopolitical position that we stated that the Minister Turhan own, that Turkey has both a geographical location, cultural heritage and historical continuity with both Asia and the Middle East to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as well as the European countries and more than 50 percent of Turkey's exports to Europe realized that gave the information.

In his assessment of Transport and Infrastructure Minister Turhan, "as Turkey, ensuring the highest standards of European integration of transport networks, always been among our priorities. Here, with the commissioning of the Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line, the last phase of high quality connection to the Trans-European Transport Networks will be completed. Due to the location of our country connecting Europe to Asia and the Far East, the fact that it is at the focal point of trade routes between Europe and Africa for growing Asian economies makes the construction of this line much more important. used the expressions.

Modern Silk Road Gaining Vitality

Minister Turhan said, “It is very meaningful that it will contribute to the One Generation One Road Project, which aims to establish a huge infrastructure and transportation network by connecting China, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.” We have accomplished great works throughout our country, in the east-west and north-south axis, for the "Middle Corridor", as we call it, the "Modern Silk Road" to come to life. For this reason, we have approached the implementation of the Iron Silk Road from London to Beijing as a strategic issue from the very beginning. We have clearly demonstrated our support and belief in this project with the Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line that we put into service. ” noted his words.

Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project, within the framework of cooperation with the European Union zamreminiscent of life go to the effort is a project that underlines the Minister Turhan, he said: "Both Turkey and the European Union at all levels of the party as substantially zammoment, effort and effort have been made. With the introduction of the line, everybody will benefit as commercial mobility will reach serious levels. Budget size and specifications as well as the country's border with Bulgaria extending the route to Istanbul, Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project geographically symbolizes the binding Turkey to the EU. For the construction of Çerkezköy-Kapıkule Section of the Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project, the foundation of which we will lay, a new record will be set by using 275 million Euros of EU grant. The workforce that will be needed during the construction works, which will last about 4 years, will be supplied from the region, as in our other projects.

The development of relations between Turkey and the European Union Turhan explained that historical responsibility, better highlighting of the rail foundation laid railway line will further strengthen relations with the EU and wished to be auspicious.

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