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Work to begin on railway link between Iraq’s Mosul and Turkey: Governor

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Mosul’s top official says construction of a railway between the Iraqi city and Turkey is to begin in days.

Governor of the Iraq’s Nineveh province says the provincial capital of Mosul will be linked to Turkey via a railway, adding that construction for the project will begin within the next few days.

Najim al-Jubour said on Sunday that Turkish companies will be involved in the operation to build the key railway between Mosul’s downtown and the Turkish border.

Jubour told the semi-official Iraqi newspaper Al Sabaah that the railway is aimed at reducing the burden on road transportation between the two countries.

There was no mention of the costs of the project and when it will be ready to use although the governor said some modern technologies will be used in the construction of the railway.

Mosul, once a major regional trade center, has become increasingly frequented by Turkish businesses in recent years. The city and the surrounding province of Nineveh have been emerging from years of devastating militancy by the Daesh terrorists.

Turkish authorities also said on Sunday that they will reopen their consulate in Mosul in the near future. Mehmet Kucuksakalli, the appointed Turkish consul for Mosul, said everything was nearly ready to reopen the consulate after six years of closure.

“We have rented a building for our consulate. We prepared a security plan and carried out some renovation work,” Kucuksakalli said.

Turkey had opened and interim office in Mosul to process visa applications in July.

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