Sputnik Nina Zotina
Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, Kazem Jalali, stressed, on Sunday, the necessity of activating the “North-South” corridor as an alternative to the Suez Canal.
The Iranian “IRNA” agency quoted Jalali in his tweet on “Twitter”, in which he wrote that “accelerating the completion of infrastructure and activating the (north-south) corridor as an alternative to the Suez Canal corridor is of more importance than ever before.”
He added, “The passage cuts time to 20 days, costs up to 30%, and is a better option as an alternative to the Suez Canal in the area of transit.”
He continued, “The recent incident is an indication of the need to search for a less dangerous alternative to the Suez Canal, through which more than one billion tons of goods pass annually.”
According to the media, “the line starts from India to the port (Chabahar) located in the south of Iran on the Indian Ocean, then shipped goods by land to the port (Bandar Inzli) in northern Iran on the coast of the Caspian Sea.”
And she continued, “It follows that the goods are transported by sea to Astrakhan, southwest of Russia, and from there to northern Russia or to European countries via railways.”
The container ship “Evergiven” weighs 220 thousand tons, is 400 meters long, and carries hundreds of containers heading to Rotterdam from China.
Source: “IRNA” + “Anatolia” + “Reuters”