The first freight train from China to Europe set off from Ankara on Wednesday after a brief stop over. 

The train will cross to Europe using Istanbul’s sub-sea tunnel, Marmaray.

At a ceremony at the Ankara Station, Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan said that Turkey with its geographical location, history and culture has a great role in the economic and social development of Asian, European, Balkan, Caucasus, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.

“With an investment of $754 billion, we have strengthened our transport and communications infrastructure and completed the missing links on international transport routes,” Turhan said.


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