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  • 7/6/2011

Iran, Turkmenistan eye stronger ties

iranian interior minister mostafa muhammad-najjar

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Muhammad-Najjar has called for stronger relations between the Islamic Republic and Turkmenistan.

Muhammad-Najjar made the remarks in a meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat on Tuesday.

The Iranian interior minister said that cooperation with the neighboring countries is Tehran’s strategy, noting that Iran and Turkmenistan should increase the level of bilateral interactions in all spheres.

He praised the friendly and cordial ties between the two countries, saying, “Tehran and Ashgabat can cooperate on their campaign against terrorism, organized crime, and narcotics.”

Berdimuhamedov, for his part, praised Iran’s significant role in the region, and called for promotion of relations between the two countries.

Muhammad-Najjar, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Ashgabat on Tuesday upon an invitation by his Turkmen counterpart Isgender Mulikow.

Earlier in June, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for accelerating the implementation of bilateral infrastructure projects between Iran and Turkmenistan.

Referring to the construction of joint railway among Iran, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, Ahmadinejad said “this project should become operational as soon as possible and serve the welfare of the two nations and the regional nations.”

The 1,000-kilometer railroad will shorten more than 600 kilometers of route for transporting goods from the Central Asia to the Persian Gulf, and will become one of the important international transportation links between China and Europe.

Source: presstv.ir

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