Venezuela, Argentina begin construction of railway linking their capitals 2008-08-21 10:16:13   Print

    CARACAS, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Venezuela and Argentina Wednesday launched a project to construct a railway that will connect Caracas with Buenos Aires at a ceremony here.

    Argentine Ambassador to Venezuela Alicia Castro and Venezuelan Infrastructure Minister Isidro Rondon attended the ceremony at the La Rinconada train station.

    "It's a realizable utopia, a train that can cross from north to south of the South American continent," Castro said at the event.

    Castro said such a rail link would benefit trade and economic exchanges between the two countries at the northern and southern ends of the South American continent.

    According to Rondon, the time span for the project and its total cost are yet to be determined as they are still in the initial phase of the construction.

    Ambassador Castro told reporters early this month during a three-way meeting among presidents of Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina that the three countries were weighing the creation of a regional airline and train network as a way to better integrate their nations.

    Besides an alliance of airlines, the leaders were considering "a dream that today appears utopian" of a railway stretching from Caracas to Buenos Aires, Castro said.

Editor: Gao
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