First cargo via Lapis Lazuli route arrives in Baku
The first transit cargo arrived at the Baku International Sea Trade Port via the Lapis Lazuli international route.
Speaking at the ceremony dedicated to the arrival of the first cargo to Azerbaijan via this route, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Azerbaijan Khairullah Spelenai expressed gratitude to the government of Azerbaijan for comprehensive support and assistance in the implementation of the project.
The envoy noted that the Lapis Lazuli corridor will be expanded and Afghanistan will make every effort to make this route the most important one from Afghanistan to Europe.
Turkey's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral stressed the importance of the route for Afghanistan and other countries. According to him, this route will turn into an important corridor that will provide access of Afghan goods to world markets. Ozoral said that Lapis Lazuli is of strategic importance for Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Nine trucks left Afghanistan’s Herat city on December 13 and arrived in Baku along this corridor December 25. The total volume of cargo is 175 tons, Trend reported.
The cargoes are transported via trains and vehicles through Afghanistan’s Torghundi city in Herat province and supplied to Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat city and from there to the Turkmenbashi International Sea Port, as part of the Lapis Lazuli international route. The corridor stretches to Baku city, then through Tbilisi to Ankara with branches to Poti and Batumi, then from Ankara to Istanbul.