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Ferry Boat Line Linking Romania To Georgia Reopens


CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) - A ferry link between two Black Sea port cities was reopened Sunday in a bid to revive commercial links between Romania and the Middle East.

The ferry will travel between Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta and the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi, more than 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) to the east.

The route will be used for cargo and passenger traffic. The route was initially closed down in 1998, due to a lack of trade.

The ferry could help improve commercial links between Romania and the Middle East along the old "Silk Road," Prime Minister Adrian Nastase said. Georgia will export food, cotton and raw materials to Europe.

"Eforie" sailed Sunday laden with train carriages for Armenia, and cars and passengers for Georgia. The price of a ticket was not available.
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