Tehran, Ashgabat Sign 13 MoUs to Boost Ties

In a ceremony held in Ashgabat on Tuesday, senior officials of Iran and Turkmenistan singed 13 documents to develop joint cooperation in various fields.

The ceremony was attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

The Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) feature collaborations in political, cultural, trade, industrial, agricultural, sports and academic fields.

Addressing the event, Rouhani, who started his two-day visit to the Central Asian country on Tuesday, hailed the “good and constructive” talks between high-ranking Iranian and Turkmen officials earlier.

The Iranian president highlighted the good-neighborliness and common cultural, historical and religious grounds between the two nations, saying, “We are determined to tap into all available capacities to develop and deepen joint cooperation.”

He described Iran and Turkmenistan as two countries with great capabilities in the field of energy, adding that during the talks, the two sides decided to further promote their ties in this field.

Rouhani also said the current level of bilateral trade is not satisfactory and should be elevated given the great capacities that exist today.

Berdimuhamedow, too, called for enhancement of Ashgabat-Tehran ties in all areas, saying that the signing of the MoUs today was in the interest of both nations.

“Boosting friendship between Turkmenistan and Iran is of great significance to us,” he added.

Rouhani is on the first leg of a tour of neighboring countries that will also take him to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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