Iranian FM to visit Turkmenistan on Wednesday
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is due to visit Turkmenistan on Wednesday in a bid to attend a meeting of the two countries' joint economic cooperation commission.
Salehi, who will be accompanied by a high-ranking politico-economic delegation during the visit, is slated to preside the Iranian side in the 11th meeting of Iran-Turkmenistan Joint Economic Cooperation in the Turkmen capital city of Ashgabat on July 20.
During the two-day commission meeting, the two sides are scheduled to discuss expansion of ties and cooperation in various grounds, including energy, transportation, communications, industries, trade, commerce, customs, banking, agriculture, science, culture, health and healthcare.
The Iranian and Turkmen sides are also due to sign a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation at the end of the meeting.
Earlier this week, Iranian Ambassador to Ashgabat Seyed Moussa Hashemi Golpayegani told FNA that during the trip, Salehi is scheduled to hold meetings with a number of senior Turkmen officials, including President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredev.
Golpayegani expressed the hope that the visit would further promote expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries, and said, "We are happy that we are not faced with any problem in developing relations with Turkmenistan."
Iran has in recent years enhanced efforts to boost political, economic and cultural ties and cooperation with the regional and neighboring countries, specially those in the Central Asia.
As a result of the same efforts, the Turkmen President in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in late June described Tehran as a reliable partner for Ashgabat, and demanded a further expansion of relations and cooperation between the two states.
Also earlier this month, Berdimuhamedov underscored his country's eagerness to further promote bilateral ties with Tehran, and reiterated that development of cooperation with Iran has been the most important achievement of his presidency.