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Italy expects to sign $1.1 billion Iran high-speed rail deal in Feb 2017

Italy’s state railways company expects to sign a contract to build the first stretch of a high-speed rail line in Iran in February 2017, its chief executive said on Thursday.


The contract for the roughly 100 km-stretch between Qom and Arak is worth about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), Ferrovie dello Stato chief Renato Mazzoncini said at an event in Rome.


Ferrovie signed a framework agreement to build two high-speed lines in Iran when Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Tehran with a delegation of business leaders in April.


Mazzoncini said the overall deal would be worth about 4 billion euros.