An Iranian deputy foreign minister has called for the expansion of bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and Turkmenistan.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific and Commonwealth Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said the bilateral relations between Tehran and Ashgabat is not on par with the two countries’ capacities and the political resolve of their senior officials.
Rahimpour made the remarks in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat.
Meredov, for his part, described establishing good relations with neighboring countries as the priority of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy and hailed Tehran as the closest neighbor and friend of his country.
The Turkmen official added that Ashgabat plans to formally invite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Turkmenistan next year after sessions of joint economic and consular commissions.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to travel to Turkmenistan in January to attend the 13th session of the Iran-Turkmenistan Joint Economic Commission.
The 12th session of the Iran-Turkmenistan Joint Economic Commission was held in Iran’s capital, Tehran, in July 2012, during which the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding.
Iran and Turkmenistan have had official diplomatic relations since Turkmenistan’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Iran was the first nation to recognize Turkmenistan as an independent nation.
Since then, the two countries have enjoyed good relations and have cooperated in the economic, infrastructure and energy sectors.