Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Iran, Turkmenistan Eye Normalization of Trade Ties

The presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkmenistan have stressed the need to normalize the trade interaction between the two neighbors in conformity with the health regulations, calling for mutual cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus.

In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow hailed the historical and cultural commonalities between the two nations and the friendly and growing relations between the two governments in various fields, including the economic and trade ties, and called for the promotion of cooperation in all arenas in order to serve the interests of their nations.

They also congratulated each other on the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and agreed that the Iranian and Turkmen authorities would accelerate efforts to restore the process of economic cooperation between Tehran and Ashgabat to the previous situation and to resume the trade exchanges at the common border in full compliance with the health protocols.

The two presidents also discussed the difficulties and hardship that the outbreak of coronavirus has created for the majority of countries in the world, deemed collective efforts and rapport among the countries necessary for the battle with COVID-19, and stressed the need for mutual cooperation between Iran and Turkmenistan in the fight against the virus.

Highlighting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s great success and achievements in the battle against the novel coronavirus, President Rouhani said, “We are prepared to offer our experiences to the friendly country, Turkmenistan.”

President Berdimuhamedow, for his part, touched on Iran’s position in the economic and trade activities in the region, saying Turkmenistan gives priority to the expansion of cordial relations and cooperation, coupled with mutual respect, with the friendly countries, particularly with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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