President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hailed Iran's “deep and amicable” relations with Turkmenistan, saying the Islamic Republic has always supported Ashgabat’s stance on international developments.
“Relations between Iran and Turkmenistan are special, deep, brotherly and cordial and the volume of ties between the two countries in the economic sector, particularly in the fields of energy and investment, and also in the cultural area are advancing on a regular basis,” Ahmadinejad told reporters on Thursday upon his arrival from a day-long visit to Turkmenistan.
He added that Tehran and Ashgabat have also strengthened their ties in political fields.
The Iranian president said that in the meeting with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the two sides called for enhanced bilateral cooperation.
Ahmadinejad, who was in Ashgabat to participate in an international event on the occasion of the Persian New Year, noted that he held talks with some presidents attending the event.
In these meetings, the sides discussed ways to expand relations, he said.
Representatives from 12 countries, including presidents of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Tatarstan, and the UN chief’s envoy attended in the 4th International Nowruz Festival in Ashgabat on Thursday.
Nowruz (new day) marks the New Year for a number of regional countries, including Iran and Turkmenistan. In Iran and many other countries, people welcome spring with the ancient Nowruz celebrations.
The people of Turkmenistan have been celebrating Nowruz on the first two days of spring (March 21 and 22) since 1992.
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.