Turkmenistan and Iran to expand inter-parliamentary ties
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan. 8 / Trend H. Hasanov /
An Iranian delegation led by Member of Parliament Javad Karimi Godusi held meetings in Ashgabat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Majlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen government reported.
'The meeting reiterated the continued commitment of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran to a constructive partnership and called for expanding bilateral cooperation built on the principles of mutual respect, equality and consideration of mutual interests', the report says.
According to the report, stimulation of parliamentary relations is of great importance in terms of further development of Turkmen-Iranian cooperation acting as an essential factor for strengthening the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.
Iran and Turkmenistan have common land borders and are neighbouring countries on the Caspian Sea.
The two states are linked by several major economic projects. There are two common gas pipelines, a power line, border dam and other facilities. Currently the project on construction of the North-South rail corridor that will significantly facilitate access of Central Asian countries to the Persian Gulf is underway.
The strategic direction of cooperation includes the oil and gas sector as well. Since 1995, Turkmenistan transports natural gas to the northern provinces of Iran.