2019-05-13 › Ashgabat: Turkmenistan Eager for Broader Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Raşit Meredow on Monday told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that Ashgabat has the political will to strengthen bilateral relations with Tehran in all areas.
During the today meeting in Turkmen capital city, Meredow described Zarif’s visit as very important and timely, adding, “Turkmenistan has a high political will to expand all-out relations with Iran.”
Zarif, for his part, referred to his meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and underlined, “The commonalities shared by the two countries are more than just two neighbors.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully ready to develop bilateral ties more than ever with the neighborly and friendly country of Turkmenistan in all areas,” stressed the Iranian diplomatic chief.
The two top diplomats also discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interests in areas of bilateral relations and regional and international cooperation.
Ways of expanding bilateral ties in all spheres, including politics, trade, transport, energy, customs, as well as regional and global developments comprised the topics of the negotiations.
The Iranian top diplomat arrived in Ashgabat early this morning and immediately met with the country’s president.
Late in January, Iran and Turkmenistan held their 14th joint consular meeting at the foreign ministry building in Tehran where the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to further increase consular cooperation.
The 14th joint consular, border and customs meeting of Iran and Turkmenistan was held at the Iranian foreign ministry building in Tehran on January 27.
The meeting was jointly chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister for Iranians’ and Parliamentary Affairs Hossein Panahi Azar and Turkmen Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Hajiyev.
During the meeting, the two sides called for implementation of previous agreements regarding the facilitation of visa issuance, citizenship, prisoners' rights, judicial documents, as well police cooperation, border issues, and customs cooperation.
The two countries’ deputy foreign ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding at the end of the consular meeting.
In a related front, also on the same day, Zarif met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Hajiyev.
During the meeting, Zarif said that Tehran considers Ashgabat as a friendly neighbor, voicing Iran’s readiness to run joint projects in the Caspian Sea.
He stated that Iran attaches great importance to its relations with Turkmenistan and considers the Central Asian neighbor as one of the closest countries to it.
“We always want to expand relations and cooperation with Turkmenistan in various fields, and we hope that we can use all the existing potentials to expand friendship and brotherhood,” added the Iranian top diplomat.
Referring to agreements on the Caspian Sea regime, the Iranian diplomatic chief declared Iran's readiness to implement joint projects in the Caspian Sea.
Expressing hope that the joint commission meeting would be held in the near future, Zarif said that no issue should affect the existing friendship.
For his part in the meeting, Khadzhiev underlined the importance of his country's relations with Iran, and said, "We are trying to remove obstacles to further expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation and relations between the two countries.”
In a related front, earlier on Sunday, the Turkmen diplomat met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi.
The two high-ranking officials conferred on ways to further broaden political and economic cooperation between Tehran and Ashgabat, and emphasized the need to find new capacities in bilateral relations, specially in energy and transit fields.
They also agreed to update the roadmap for the expansion of the two countries' ties in light of the new developments.
In March 2018, Tehran and Ashgabat concluded over a dozen MoUs during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the Central Asian country.
The 13 MoUs signed in the presence of the two countries' presidents covered cooperation on cultural, artistic, scientific and educational exchanges as well as commercial and industrial cooperation.
Other areas of cooperation covered by the MoUs included aviation industry and scientific exchanges.