Taliban Delegation Visits Uzbekistan to Assume Responsibility for Hairatan to Mazar-E-Sharif Railway

The Taliban-run Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) announced that a delegation visited Uzbekistan recently.

In a newsletter issued late Wednesday, the ARA stated that the delegation’s visit to Uzbekistan was to approve the process of taking over the Hairatan-Mazar-e-Sharif railway.

As stated in the newsletter, this delegation includes representatives of the Taliban prime minister’s economic deputy, the finance ministry, and the railway authority.

It is also likely that the Taliban-led railway authority will sign a memorandum concerning the resumption of rail freight transport between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during this trip.

According to Uzbek authorities, the Taliban failed to satisfy technical obligations agreed upon by both sides during the contract signing in December last year, thus the transportation services were suspended on February 1.