Iran, Turkmenistan study expansion of mutual cooperation
Ashkhabad, Nov 27, IRNA -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American
Affairs Ali Ahani met on Monday with Turkmen President Saparmurat
Niyazov and discussed expansion of mutual cooperation in gas transfer
and issues relating to the Caspian Sea and Afghanistan.
Iran's special envoy on Caspian Sea affairs told IRNA that both
Iran and Turkmenistan share close views on issues relating to the
The Turkmen president pledged support for Iran's stance and voiced
readiness to continue his consultations at the appropriate level to
bring the views of all five littoral states closer.
At the meeting, it was agreed that the increase in the amount of
gas exported to Iran will be followed up with the formation of a joint
expert committee thus paving the way for mutual agreement on the
Ahani said the Turkmen president had issued necessary instructions
for the removal of obstacles to the issuance of visas for Iranian
nationals and said bilateral cooperation will continue with the
implementation of various plans.
He said his talks with Turkmen officials also covered the Afghan
issue as well as regional cooperation.
Iran, he said, emphasized a non-military solution to restore peace
and stability in Afghanistan and would try to pave the way for all
factions to play their role based on their status in the society.
During his one-day visit, the Iranian envoy conferred with the
Turkmen special envoy on the Caspian Sea Boris Sheikhmoratov and the
Turkmen deputy foreign minister Kep Banov on issues of mutual
The Iranian deputy foreign minister left Ashkhabad on Monday
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