Oct 17, 2021, 10:50 AM
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Iran prioritizing expansion of trade ties with Turkmenistan

Tehran, IRNA - Turkmenistan is among the top priorities of the administration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi when it comes to expansion of relations with 15 neighboring states.

According to guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Iran's foreign policy, the administration should pay special attention to development of ties with regional countries.


Recent trips made by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Russia prove that the diplomacy apparatus in Tehran attaches great importance to neighboring states.


The new administration in Iran pursues a balanced diplomacy, so Iranian diplomatic officials expand foreign policy objectives in different parts of the world and would not merely focus on negotiations with Western powers on the nuclear issue.


As a result of such considerations, authorities in Tehran are keen to bolster trade and economic ties with neighboring states especially Turkmenistan.


In a meeting with visiting Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Tehran in 2015, Ayatollah Khamenei described Ashgabat-Tehran ties as a sort of "kinship" which is higher than mere geographical neighborliness.


Iran was one of the first countries that recognized independence of Turkmenistan following the fall of the Soviet Union.


Ashgabat and Tehran have had economic, commercial, and political ties since the independence of Turkmenistan in 1991.


Iranian president and his Turkmen counterpart met in September 2021, when both sides underlined the importance of holding joint economic commissions regularly to enhance relations between the two nations.


Berdimuhamedow called for developing transit capacities between Iran and Turkmenistan.


Raisi stressed that energy exchanges and transit of goods were among appropriate fields, which can help Turkmenistan-Iran cooperation expand.


However, issues such as US-imposed sanctions and differences on Turkmenistan-Iran gas deal reduced trade exchanges between Ashgabat and Tehran. 


In fact, there are good opportunities to expand trade ties between the two countries. Authorities of Turkmenistan and Iran can show their determination to pave the way to resolve problems and boost economic ties.

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