More than 280 Iranian prisoners to be extradited from Turkmenistan: Spokesman

Tasnim – As many as 283 Iranian nationals jailed in Turkmenistan will be extradited following a recent visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Central Asian country, a spokesman said.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said they will be handed over to Iranian judiciary at Lotfabad border crossing on Wednesday.

Among them will be two Iranian boatman recently arrested in Turkmenistan, he noted.

At the same time, a number of Turkmen citizens jailed in Iran will be handed over to Turkmen officials, Qassemi added.

He went on to say that the extradition of prisoners will take place following this week’s visit to Turkmenistan by the Iranian president and in line with an extradition agreement signed between the two countries.

Rouhani traveled to Ashgabat on Tuesday at the invitation of his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

During the visit, senior officials of Iran and Turkmenistan singed 13 documents to develop joint cooperation in various fields.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Rouhani highlighted the good-neighborliness and common cultural, historical and religious grounds between the two nations, saying, “We are determined to tap into all available capacities to develop and deepen joint cooperation.”

He described Iran and Turkmenistan as two countries with great capabilities in the field of energy, adding that during the talks, the two sides decided to further promote their ties in this field.

Rouhani also said the current level of bilateral trade is not satisfactory and should be elevated given the great capacities that exist today.

Berdimuhamedow, too, called for enhancement of Ashgabat-Tehran ties in all areas, saying that the signing of the MoUs was in the interest of both nations.

“Boosting friendship between Turkmenistan and Iran is of great significance to us,” he added.