Caspian  Littoral States  Cooperation Stressed

Caspian Littoral States Cooperation Stressed

The defense minister has called for increased cooperation between the Caspian Sea littoral states to help maintain peace in the region.
"Iran considers the security and development of its neighboring countries as its own," Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart Begench Gundogdyyev in Ashkhabad on Monday, the Mehr news agency reported.
Dehqan said the two nations share historical, cultural and religious similarities, adding it necessitates further promotion of bilateral ties in various spheres.
He referred to the meeting of Iranian and Turkmen presidents on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tajikistan on September 12, in which the two presidents stressed the need to boost bilateral cooperation.
The senior official touched on the friendly and brotherly atmosphere prevailing along the joint border with Turkmenistan and said security and stability in border areas prepare the ground for putting the potential capacities of the two states into practice.
Dehqan described the Caspian Sea as the sea of "peace and friendship" and called for peace, stability and security in the region through increasing cooperation, promoting good neighborly relations, and taking confidence-building measures.
The Turkmen defense minister, for his part, said the Iran-Turkmenistan relationship is "rooted in history," adding increasing ties are beneficial for both sides.  
Gundogdyyev also called for more defense and security cooperation between the two countries and expressed readiness to provide Iran with their experience in these fields.
The two officials also stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against violence, extremism, and terrorism.

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