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Iran's FM Zarif discusses latest regional developments with Turkmenistan officials, wraps up Central Asian tour

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with his Turkmen counterpart, Rasit Meredow, in Ashgabat on April 8, 2021.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with top Turkmen officials in Ashgabat, where they discussed the latest regional and bilateral developments.

Zarif, concluding his Central Asian tour, met on Thursday with his Turkmen counterpart, Rasit Meredow, during which he praised Tehran-Ashgabat political, economic and cultural relations as positive.

The Iranian foreign minister underlined the necessity of boosting the two countries’ environmental ties, especially with regard to the Caspian Sea, as well as bilateral cooperation in transportation.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), considering the periodic presidency of Turkmenistan in the organization.

Meredow, for his part, stressed the importance of bilateral relations, pointed to the achievements of such ties in different fields, and underscored the need to materialize the available potential in order to expand all-out ties and hold the next round of the joint commission on economic cooperation.

The peace process in Afghanistan, cooperation in regional and international organizations and multilateral cooperation in the region were among other topics discussed by the two foreign ministers.

Zarif and Meredow also signed a cooperation document.

Zarif meets Turkmen president

The Iranian foreign minister also met with Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow to discuss political, economic and cultural relations.

During the meeting, Zarif stressed the importance of ties between the two neighboring countries.

For his part, Berdimuhamedow voiced his support for bilateral ties in political, economic and cultural spheres.

He also highlighted his country’s determination to expand bilateral relations.

Zarif visited Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan before heading to Turkmenistan as the last leg of his tour aimed at enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation.

In a tweet on Thursday evening, Zarif wrote that he concluded his Central Asian tour with a “superb” visit to Turkmenistan.

He also said Central Asian nations are not just neighbors but they are also kin.

Wrapped up tour of Central Asia with superb visit to Turkmenistan.

Extensive, substantive, & constructive meetings with President Mohammadev & FM Meredev.

Agreed expansion of bilateral ties & regional & global cooperation.

Central Asians aren't just neighbors; they're kin.

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 8, 2021

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