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News number: 9104254903

16:44 | 2012-08-22

Culture

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Iran Calls for Expansion of Cultural Ties with Turkmenistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad Mehdi Fadakar underscored the good neighborly relations between Tehran and Ashgabat, and said Iran is keen to further develop its cultural ties with Turkmenistan.



"Iran and Turkmenistan are two friendly and neighboring states and have the necessary potentials for the further development and expansion of their cultural and art relations and cooperation," Fadakar told FNA in Ashgabat on Wednesday.

He stressed the necessity for increased reciprocal visits by the two countries' officials, and said, "We believe that contacts and talks between the Iranian and Turkmen cultural and art officials and authorities will help to the advancement and cooperation of the two neighboring countries."

Iran attaches great importance to its strategic ties with Turkmenistan due to the country's strategic position in the Central Asia.

In July, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov lauded the positive outcomes of the recent Iran-Turkmenistan joint economic commission meeting in Tehran, and stressed that his country has the largest volume of mutual cooperation and the most intimate neighborly relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"We have the best regional relations with Iran," Berdimuhamedov underscored.

Also in July, the 12th Joint Economic Cooperation Commission Meeting of Iran and Turkmenistan started work in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Turkmen counterpart Rasit Meredow heading the two countries' delegations.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart, Salehi said Tehran is ready to raise its trade volume with the Central Asian nation to $10 billion, up from $5 billion in 2011.

Iranian trade officials said they are ready to export technical and engineering services for Turkmenistan's energy development and housing construction.