HC Deb 18 February 1920 vol 125 cc905-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether any arrangements have been made or are under consideration with the Persian Government regarding the construction of a railway across Persia from Mesopotamia to the Caspian Sea; and, if so, who is to be asked to find the necessary capital?


On January 10th the Persian Government granted to the Persian Railways Syndicate (Limited) an option for the construction and equipment of a railway from Khanikin to Tehran,viâ Kormanshah and Hamadan, with a branch to Enzeli on the Caspian Sea. The Persian Government have reserved the right to decide later whether the Railway is to be constructed as a Persian State line or whether a concession shall be granted to the Syndicate to build the line with a Persian Government guarantee on such terms as may be necessary and practicable. If the railway is built as a Persian State line, the capital necessary for the undertaking would be raised by the issue of Persian Government bonds secured by the necessary guarantees.

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