"Regarding economy, the two countries' trade volume has reached a record $3.2 billion," Mohammad Reza Forqani told FNA, saying that among commonwealth states, Tehran has the largest volume of trade exchanges with Turkmenistan after Russia.
Reminding that Iran's exports to Turkmenistan underwent a 40 percent increase in the last Iranian year (starting March 21, 2008), Forqani added, "We hope to maintain such a level of trade ties this year, despite the existing global economic crisis. Fortunately, the two sides are trying to expand economic relations."
About political cooperation between the two countries, the Iranian envoy described it as "very good", underlining that Turkmenistan's support for Iran's bid for the UN Security Council non-permanent seat was an indication of the two neighbors' friendly relations.
He further reminded Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow's visit to Tehran in March to attend the Economic Cooperation Organization summit, and called his meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "very constructive".
Also on Wednesday, Forqani told FNA that Iran's Commerce Minister Masoud Mir Kazemi and Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Shamseddin Hosseini are slated to visit Ashgabat on June 8, in a bid to discuss bilateral ties and explore avenues for boosting mutual cooperation between the two states.