Mehmanparast says transit problem with Turkmenistan to be solved
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 18 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Speaking at today's monday press conference in Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the transit problem between Iran's Bajgiran village and Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat will be resolved soon, IRINN tv channel reported.
Bajgiran is an Iranian village located at one of three border points between Iran and Turkmenistan. It is located 75km from Quchan (Iran) and about 40km from Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan.
"We have good relations with Turkmenistan, there is a lot of potential to continue mutual cooperation," Mehmanparast said. "The issues with transit restrictions will be resolved as soon as possible."
According to Iranian Khorasan newspaper, this September, Turkmenistan closed down the check-point on the border due to 1968 bilateral treaty implementation. This resulted in numerous complaints from traders, exporters, and truck drivers.
The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 is an international treaty designed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by establishing standard traffic rules among the contracting parties.
The convention was agreed upon at the United Nations Economic and Social Council's Conference on Road Traffic (7 October 1968 - 8 November 1968) and done in Vienna on 8 November 1968. It came into force on 21 May 1977.
Governor of Iran's Quchan city Esmail Heydari said that certain restriction measures applied, and one of such measures is that less than 20 tons of transit weight is allowed to reach Turkmenistan's capital of Ashgabat, but not beyond it, while transporting over 20 tons per transit is not allowed at all.