Iran, Turkmenistan Call for Strengthening Economic Ties

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke by phone on Monday. The two sides discussed relations between the two countries.

They also discussed how to explore avenues for mutual cooperation as well as the expansion of economic and trade ties.

The Iranian president thanked Turkmenistan for hosting the recent ECO Summit there, and said, “Good cooperation has been conducted in the field of gas cooperation and executing the Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan gas swap through Iran.”

In his part, Turkmen President Berdimuhamedow stressed the importance of cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

Hinting at the gas swap agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan through Iranian soil, he called for a joint commission for cooperation to be established between the three countries.

Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed last month a trilateral gas swap deal for up to 2 billion cubic meters per year.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat.

The agreement was signed by the oil ministers of the three countries in the presence of the presidents of Iran and Turkmenistan and prime minister of Azerbaijan.

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