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Rail debut for peace train

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A freight train has run for the first time on a recently opened railway linking Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

The seven-car train pulled into a new station at Mazar-e-Sharif after a trouble free journey from Hairatan on the Uzbek border 50 miles away. Noor Gul Mangal of the Afghan government was there to meet the train.

‘This is a matter of pride for us and a very important issue for Afghanistan,’ he said speaking in Mazar-e-Sharif.

NATO forces could soon be using the railway. Military commanders are keen to re-supply troops from the north instead of Pakistan. The railway expects to start passenger operations soon.

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