TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President Sourena Sattari called for the expansion of Iran-Turkmenistan relations, specially in economic fields.
Sattari, President Hassan Rouhani’s deputy for scientific and technological affairs made the remarks on Friday while touring the First Specialized Exhibition of Iran Construction Industry, Water and Electricity, Oil and Gas and Technical and Engineering Services underway in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Sattari pointed to Iran’s achievements in modern sciences such as nano-technology, stem cells, cognitive sciences and oil and gas industries, and said, “I hope scientific exhibits like this will be effective steps towards boosting Iran’s ties with its neighbors.”
He further expressed hope that interaction between the two countries’ economic and industrial sectors would help implement agreements signed during this trip to Ashgabat.”
Turkmen president in a message to the ongoing exhibition described Iran as one the main international industrialized states in the world.
Tehran-Ashgabat economic and trade interaction will benefit both sides, the message said, noting that Iran enjoyed high status in Turkmenistan’s foreign trades.
Some 125 companies are displaying their products in 100 pavilions in the First Specialized Exhibition of Iran Construction Industry, Water and Electricity, Oil and Gas and Technical and Engineering Services, which is to end on August 23.
Iran exported $850mln worth of goods to Turkmenistan in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2014).
Last month, Iranian Deputy Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade Mojtaba Khosrowtaj said exporting technical and engineering services to other countries, including Turkmenistan, stands atop his ministry’s agenda.
He further added that Tehran is ready to support the presence of Iran’s private sector in Turkmenistan.
“The markets in Turkmenistan and other neighboring countries are good targets for non-oil exports, including technical and engineering services,” the official underlined.
Iran is Turkmenistan’s second largest trade partner after Russia.
Iran exports machinery, construction materials, sedans, buses, food stuff, agricultural and petrochemical products, electrical products and home appliances to Turkmenistan, and imports natural gas, electricity, textiles and agricultural products from its Northern neighbor.
Iran and Turkmenistan have had official diplomatic relations since Turkmenistan’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Iran was the first country to recognize Turkmenistan as an independent nation.
Since then, the two countries have enjoyed good relations and have cooperated in the economic and energy sectors.
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