Today, Sunday, Minister of Transport Nasser Al-Shibli revealed the date of receiving two modern planes, stressing that a contract with an Italian company to develop designs for the railway connection with Turkey is imminent.
Al-Shibli said in a statement to the official agency, followed by the "National News Center": "The ministry is about to obtain a decision of the Council of Ministers to contract with an Italian company and develop designs for the railway connection project, which connects via Al-Fish Khabur to the Turkish side."
He continued: "We issued a book on this subject, and it was distributed to many officials, and we attended the consultative meeting that was held in Turkey for the Ministers of Transport on Turkey, and we gave the plan, and they praised this plan, because the rail link will be between the East and the West, so it must start from the FAO through Iraq, Otherwise, it will be long and unrewarding.”
He added, "The ministry sent a letter to the Council of Ministers to include it as a project, after which the financial approval will be obtained, for the purpose of contracting," stressing that "the contract with the Italian company to develop designs for the rail link with Turkey will take place soon."
With regard to the Faw port project, the Minister of Transport explained, “The five berths are the main infrastructure project that we contracted, in addition to the canal, the road and the monitoring basin, and it has reached advanced stages of work on the street, where two internal roads have been completed so far,” noting that “The road leading to the tunnel has reached advanced stages.”
Regarding the sidewalks, he indicated that “the investigation of the soil inside the water has begun through the large mechanism, and now we are about to begin burial for the five sidewalks, and this is the first stage of the infrastructure.”
He stressed that "a number of berths will be completed during this month or next month. As for digging, we have excavators digging the channel leading to the northern and southern port of Umm Qasr."
On the issue of purchasing aircraft, he explained that “the ministry has a contract with the Boeing Company to purchase 40 aircraft, which has been approved by the Ministry of Finance since 2008, when 14 aircraft were received and payment was delayed in the previous period due to ISIS and the financial crisis.”
And he stressed, "Iraq will receive two planes bearing the name Dreamliner, which are modern and long-range planes, as we will receive one of them at the end of this month, and the second plane will be delivered at the end of next month, November."
He added that "the first batch of aircraft sums was paid, and the second batch was not approved by the House of Representatives, which will result in delaying payment of a fine of two and a half million dollars. Therefore, we asked the Ministry of Finance and Planning to provide us with the money through the oil licensing round, as They have been voted, and these amounts will be paid and the planes will be delivered.”
On the issue of iron and scrap in the Shatt al-Arab, he pointed out that “there is a great controversy due to a decision issued by the Prime Ministry’s advisory without our presence, to take out all the ships inside the waters of the Shatt al-Arab, and this decision has problems.”
And he indicated that "this decision was not based on technical issues, and they did not rely on a technical decision, and therefore this is difficult to implement, so we asked the Council of Ministers to change this decision, because these ships cannot be extracted completely now, for a period of time has passed on them inside the water, and when they are taken out, they will break." Therefore, it must be removed in pieces, and we intend to issue this decision, and we will announce it.”
He added, "As for the ships at the water's edge, they are considered scrap, so we asked the Iraqi ports to evaluate their amounts and announce them, for the purpose of selling them."
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