Turkey, Kazakhstan to play Major Role in reviving Silk Road

    Turkey and Kazakhstan will play an important role in the establishment of a new Silk Road, which connects the West and the East, Turkey's President Abdullah Gul told Kazakhstan's parliamentarians on Wednesday.
    "Turkey and Kazakhstan will be responsible for the development of new transport, communications and energy corridors, and other relevant development of a new Silk Road to connect Europe, Asia, the West and the East," Russia's Itar-Tass quoted him as saying.
    The construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad is an important step towards the revival of the Silk Road, he said.
    "Together with Kazakhstan, we are building this road to connect China and the Far East with European markets, we shall make an important step on the way to revive the historic Silk Road," Gul said.
    On the cooperation energy, he said the first supplies of Kazakhstan's oil via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in November 2008 set an important transition period" in this sector.
    The transportation of Kazakhstan's oil via the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline will be a "new stage" of this cooperation, Gul said, according to Bernama.