0429 GMT December 01, 2022
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, at a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, hailed the Iranian administration’s policy of expanding relations with neighbors as a good policy.
“The policy of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to expand relations with neighboring countries, and this is a completely correct policy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader said the deepening of bilateral relations would benefit the two nations.
He noted that a strong will is required on both sides to remove obstacles in the path of the expansion of bilateral ties, Press TV reported.
“Friendly relations between Iran and Turkmenistan have regional and international opponents, but nevertheless, the obstacles must be overcome,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that a joint cooperation commission needs to be activated to finalize bilateral agreements through continuous follow-ups.
Berdimuhamedov said his government also focuses on developing ties with neighbors and strives to strengthen the good relations between Turkmenistan and Iran in various fields – especially gas, electricity, and transportation of goods, as well as the implementation of major projects – based on the agreement deals signed earlier in the day.
Referring to the 30th anniversary of Tehran-Ashgabat relations, the Turkmen president thanked Ayatollah Khamenei for his support for the deepening of Iran’s ties with Turkmenistan.
Accompanied by a delegation, Berdimuhamedov arrived in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon on an official two-day visit aimed at signing long-term cooperation agreements with Iran.
Nine MoUs signed
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi officially welcomed the Turkmen president on Wednesday morning, after which the two oversaw the signing of nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to broaden bilateral cooperation in various fields, including politics, economy, trade, transportation, investment, new technologies, environment, sports, energy, judiciary, education, research, and tourism.
Raeisi expressed Iran’s strong will to sign strategic, long-term deals with Turkmenistan, saying there is great potential for Tehran-Ashgabat cooperation which should be tapped into.
He said his Turkmen counterpart’s visit to Iran can be a turning point in relations.
“My visit to Ashgabat a few months ago helped activate cooperation between the two countries. Steps were taken in the fields of gas swap, transportation, and cooperation between the two countries,” the president added.
The expansion of bilateral cooperation will definitely lead to better regional and international developments, he said.
“The relationship between Iran and Turkmenistan is not just a neighborly relationship, but a relationship of brotherhood, civilization, and culture. In other words, it is a relationship of kinship, and this deep relationship between the two countries can provide the basis for greater cooperation between the two countries,” he noted.
Foreign presence harms regional security
The Iranian president also said foreign presence in West Asia will not bring security and stability to the region.
According to Raeisi, Tehran and Ashgabat share similar views on the situation in their neighbor Afghanistan.
“We believe that in Afghanistan, there should be an inclusive government representing all political parties and ethnic groups,” he said.
“Regional issues must be resolved by regional officials, and any presence of foreigners may cause problems,” Raeisi said. “We believe that the presence of foreigners in the region will hinder security and create problems.”
The Turkmen president urged close cooperation with Tehran on issues such as the Caspian Sea legal regime.
He also called for enhancing relations with Iran in international bodies.