India, Turkey agree to open new road, railway link
By SETH ROGERAN/NEW YORK TIMES The two countries on Friday signed an agreement to expand the existing railway link from Istanbul to the border city of Biryani, which Turkey and India have been trying to do since they fought a bloody border war in 1962.
The agreement between the two countries also includes an agreement that the new highway will not cross the disputed border.
It will run along the border of the two nations, and is expected to be operational by 2020.
India and Turkey both maintain that the border between their countries is their own.
The two nations also disagree on who will build the highway.
India says it is a Turkish project and Turkey says it will be built by India and China.
But the two sides disagree on the exact route.
India has said it will build it to a stretch of highway from the Istanbul-Biryani crossing point to the Turkish-Syrian border.
Turkey says the highway will be constructed along the Syrian-Turkish border.
The U.S. and Russia have both criticized the proposed border crossing.
In a joint statement, the U.N. Security Council said the new road and the proposed highway “represent a new chapter in the dispute between Turkey and the United States, and further exacerbate the current tensions between the nations.”