Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 1 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov says he is confident that the friendly relations between Iran and Turkmenistan will flourish in the interests of the two nations.
The message is timed to coincide with the 21st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.
'I am confident that friendly relations between Iran and Turkmenistan, based on good neighbourliness and great progress will continue to flourish in the interests of the people of the two countries in all areas of cooperation, establishing peace, stability and security in the world thanks to the joint efforts of the presidents', the letter said.
Turkmenistan jointly with Iran has implemented a number of large scale projects such as the construction of a water reservoir at Dostluk, the Tejan-Sarahs-Mashhad railway, interstate pipelines and power lines.
At this stage, the two countries with the participation of Kazakhstan are implementing the joint North-South rail project. Laying the road is funded by the Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.
Turkmenistan and Iran have been regularly negotiating to increase the energy supply. Iran imports electricity and assists in its transit to Turkey.
The Korpedje-Gurtguyy gas pipeline which originates from the western fields of the country was commissioned in December 1995.
Since the end of December 2009 the neighbouring countries have opened additional capacity.