Bushehr Province: Ready to Serve as Gateway for Russian Exports to Persian Gulf, Says Deputy Governor

Iran’s Bushehr Province Ready to Serve as Gateway for Russian Exports

Deputy Governor of Bushehr Ali Bastin expressed the readiness of the Iranian province, which overlooks the Persian Gulf and includes 20 ports, to provide its logistics capabilities to Russia, that is, to become a gateway for Russian exports to the region.

Becoming Russia’s Gateway

Bastin said at a meeting with businessmen in the Russian capital and officials of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry: “If we honor Russian history, Tsar Peter I built ports to ‘open a window’ for trade. Today we (Bushehr province) are ready to become your gateway.” .

He noted that the province is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, and the Iranian deputy governor for economic affairs said: “We are very close to the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region… Bushehr port can serve as a transit port for you, and you can send all the products to other countries or send products from them through us.”

He emphasized that Russia has enormous economic potential, which “everyone knows about.” The Iranian official also called on Russia to invest in the province and said Bushehr would like to see Russia as an investor in its infrastructure.

The Importance of Iran in the North-South Transport Corridor

In turn, the head of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vladimir Platonov, emphasized the importance of Iran for the international North-South transport corridor, which is now actively developing.

The North-South maritime corridor is a multimodal route from St. Petersburg to the port of Mumbai in India with a length of 7.2 thousand kilometers and passes through the territory of Iran.

The corridor is seen as an alternative route to maritime shipping connecting Europe, the Gulf countries and the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal, and includes 3 international north-south shipping routes: via the Caspian Sea (using railways and ports). ) and two land routes, western and eastern.

Continuation of the North-South Strategic Transport Project

Last May, Moscow and Tehran signed an agreement to build a 162-kilometer railway between the port of Astara and the city of Rasht in Iran. This step is a continuation of the North-South strategic transport project.

Source: RT+News

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