Turkmen FM: Need to Raise Quality of Ties

Turkmen FM: Need to Raise Quality of TiesTurkmen FM: Need to Raise Quality of Ties

Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow said his country aims to improve the quality of ties with Iran, not just the quantity of bilateral agreements.

Meredow made the statement in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.

The senior diplomat was referring to last November's trip of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow to Tehran, in which 27 MoUs were signed and the two sides agreed to increase their annual transactions to $60 billion in 10 years.

The Turkmen official said the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railroad has significantly helped decrease the cost of transportation in the region and the ground is prepared for closer transit collaboration.

The management of water resources and the campaign against drug trafficking were also proposed by Meredow as other areas of greater cooperation.

Zarif said the leaders of the two countries have shown a strong will to take mutual collaboration to a higher level by increasing bilateral trade.

The foreign minister said Tehran is ready to accelerate the process of issuing visas for Turkmen citizens to help increase contacts in preparation for boosting trade.

"There are plenty of opportunities for enhancing ties, especially in the fields of transit, border and customs," he said.

The Turkmen minister arrived in Tehran on Saturday to discuss ways of expanding bilateral relations and the latest regional developments with Iranian officials.