(LONDON) -- On Friday, French engineering company Alstom took preliminary steps to construct a high speed railway in Iraq, BBC News reports. The line will connect the Iraqi cities of Basra, Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf.
Alstom told BBC News that it has signed a "memorandum of understanding" with officials in Iraq.
Alstom has declined to release any financial details of the proposed project. Talks to reach a final agreement will continue for the next 12 months, an Alstom spokesman says.
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