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Iran's President Planning to Visit Turkmenistan to Boost Ties

Politics - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plans to pay an official visit to Turkmenistan on March 10 to confer on the latest regional developments, and discuss consolidation of all-out relations.

President Rouhani's visit will take place upon official invitation of his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Several Iranian ministers and representatives of private sector will accompany President Rouhani during his two-day visit.

President Rouhani is set to hold talks with his Turkmen counterpart and ink documents aimed at reinforcing bilateral relations in political, economic and cultural domains.
Yesterday Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow said Ashgabat and Tehran will witness an enhancement in their relations following the upcoming visit to his country by Iran's President Rouhani.
The Turkmen president made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Road and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi in Ashgabat on Sunday.

"The upcoming visit of President Rouhani to Ashgabat which has been planned for the near future will open a new chapter in the growing all-out bilateral ties and mutual cooperation between Iran and Turkmenistan," President Berdimuhamedow said during the meeting.

The Turkmen president pointed to the status quo of Iran-Turkmenistan relations, and said, "The people of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran share many historical, cultural and traditional communalities rooted in the depth of their history."

The Iranian road and urban development minister, for his part, reiterated Tehran's commitment to the promotion of friendly ties with Ashgabat, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches special importance to the enhancement of ties with Turkmenistan and it supports Turkmenistan's all-out development …"

Earlier this month, a senior official announced that President Rouhani is planning to visit Turkmenistan in the near future.

"President Rouhani will visit Ashgabat soon," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular and Parliamentary Affairs Hassan Qashqavi told FNA.

He noted that the exact date of the Iranian president's visit to Turkmenistan will be announced later.

Qashqavi, meantime, said that Iran will also hold an exclusive exhibition in Ashgabat next week, adding, "A number of senior Iranian and Turkmen officials will attend the opening ceremony of Iran's 10th exclusive exhibition in Turkmenistan."

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