Republic Railways plans to extend its railway lines abroad to reach Turkey,
Iraqi Transport Minister Abdullah Laibi said.
Speaking on Iraqi TV, Laibi said the national railway operator has entered a recovery process following the crisis brought on by conflict across the country.
He said that a railroad line to connect to Turkey is being planned in the coming period but did not provide further details.
Laibi also noted that the distance between the capital Baghdad and southern Basra has decreased from 10 hours to seven hours, a line has been opened between central Samarra and the country's largest oil refinery in Baiji, and lines are being planned to the northern cities of Mosul and Salahuddin.