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Iranian, Turkmen Officials Working on Plan to Broaden Economic Cooperation

February 15, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow has traveled to Tehran to discuss different ways to further develop bilateral ties and mutual cooperation between the two countries, specially in the field of economy, Iranian top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday.

"It is fortunate that my dear brother (Meredow) has traveled to the Islamic Republic at the head of a high-ranking delegation less than three weeks after my visit to Ashgabat to participate in the 13th Joint Economic Cooperation Commission meeting," Zarif told reporters in a press conference after talks with Meredow in Tehran this afternoon. He underlined "good economic and political relations" between Tehran and Ashgabat, and said presence of four Turkmen ministers, including water, electricity, railway and foreign ministers, as well as senior officials from the gas and banking sectors in Iran shows the two countries' resolve to further expand their relations. Zarif also announced that an exhibition of Iranian goods and products would be held in Ashgabat on February 27, and expressed Tehran's pleasure in the development of ties with Turkmenistan in different arenas, specially in the oil, gas and railway sectors. He referred to cooperation between the two countries in building railways, and said the inauguration of Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway in the near future would strengthen economic cooperation and relations between Tehran and Ashgabat. Iran attaches great importance to its strategic ties with Turkmenistan due to the country's strategic position in the Central Asia. In relevant remarks late January, Zarif said Iran and Turkmenistan have potentials to broaden energy cooperation in the future. Zarif told the Iran-Turkmenistan Business Council that a new atmosphere has been created for stronger ties between Iran and its neighbors with Turkmenistan enjoying a special position. He said Iran-Turkmenistan energy cooperation has grown following the inauguration of Turkmenistan's second gas pipeline to Iran. "I firmly believe that experienced Iranian technical and engineering companies are ready to cooperate in the equipment and maintenance of energy sector facilities," said Zarif. The Iranian minister said the two neighbors have long cooperated in the transportation sector. He said a transit agreement signed between Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Oman will facilitate cooperation between the countries in the region. Zarif said the Central Asian countries can have access to Persian Gulf waters and consider oil and gas swap projects. "Iran and Turkmenistan can develop their cooperation in the energy sector and play effective roles in energy supply to the region and the world," said Zarif.      

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Source: FARS News Agency

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