UAE, Turkey inaugurate new commercial transit corridor crossing through Iran
Iranian officials have hailed Abu Dhabi's recent drive to promote regional cooperation as a positive development
By News Desk - November 12 2021

The UAE-Turkey transit corridor, inaugurated on 11 November, will link the Emirati port of Sharjah with the Turkish port of Mersin by crossing through Iran.

The new route will shorten the travel time of goods by 12 days, as the previously used route had to cross the strait of Bab al Mandab, the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, which used to take 20 days.

This is the latest commercial corridor to use Iran as its main transit hub, as last summer the first shipment from Finland to India crossed through Iran in late June.

On the inauguration day of the transit corridor between Abu Dhabi and Ankara, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian held an official phone conversation with his Emirati counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.

The talks were described by Iran’s top diplomat as “traditional and positive,” before he added: “We are confident that a good trend in improving relations will lead to the full development of relations between us.”

Abdollahian also called the UAE foreign minister’s recent visit to Syria, a “positive” step in regional cooperation.

For his part, the Emirati Foreign Minister stated that the existing problems pertaining to trade relations between the two nations are “being considered by experts” and that efforts are being made to resolve them.

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