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Iran’s enhanced ties with neighbors, next administration's priority: President-elect Raeisi

The combined photo shows Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi (R) and Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi says the expansion of relations with neighboring countries will the top priority of his administration’s foreign policy.

In a telephone conversation with Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Tuesday, Raeisi felicitated him on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

He pointed to the great capacities of the two countries for enhanced mutual relations and said Iran regards Turkmenistan more than just a neighboring country.

“I emphasize that operational talks should start as soon as possible to accelerate the development of relations,” the president-elect added.

He also stressed the importance of bolstering bilateral cooperation on international issues, adding that the developments in Afghanistan are very important for Tehran and Ashgabat, which should hold urgent talks and consultations in this regard.

Raeisi will be sworn in as the 8th president of Iran at a ceremony in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on August 3.

For his part, Berdimuhamedov said the two countries enjoy deep-rooted historical and cultural ties, which have been developed based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and common interests.

The president added that Iran and Turkmenistan enjoy a high level of cooperation on the international scene.

He invited Raeisi to take part in the Sixth Caspian Summit and the 15th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Turkmenistan.

At the end of the 5th Caspian Summit in the Kazakh port city of Aktau in 2018, the presidents of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a historic convention on the sea's legal status after more than two decades of discussions.

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