As Europe and the US tighten sanctions against Iran, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is looking towards the East to solve future trade and transport issues.
Iran has plans to build an extensive and lucrative rail network from its ports that will link parts of Central Asia and provide a lifeline for Iranian trade.
At the moment the major export of Iran is oil which is supplied to nations such as China and India, yet with the West putting pressure on these countries to reduce their dependence on Iranian oil, Tehran has been looking elsewhere to boost its economy.
A major rail link could help Iran’s technology and construction industry, resulting in much needed growth. In turn the land-locked countries of the Middle East would certainly benefit from rail access to the sea.
Iranian plans however face many challenges so it’s unclear if the President will get his way.