Turkmenistan and Iran discussed energy and transport cooperation

The oil and gas sector and transport were the main topics of negotiations during the working visit of the Turkmen delegation to Tehran. "In accordance with the emphasis made by the Presidents of Iran and Turkmenistan, the cooperation between the two countries will continue in a positive direction," Iranian oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said, welcoming the Turkmen high — ranking guests. This was reported by the Media news Agency-Turkmen ORIENT.

One of the items on the agenda of the meeting was the discussion of swap-deliveries of Turkmen "blue fuel" to Azerbaijan through Iran. Gas exchange operations on the Turkmen-Iranian border were resumed after the March summit talks in Ashgabat.

Regarding the gas disagreements, an agreement was reached to continue the negotiation process on the settlement of the Iranian gas debt.

As Zanganeh stressed, the intensive negotiations in the oil and gas sector will be continued at the expert level. "Iran is ready to cooperate with Turkmenistan in various fields of energy," the official confirmed.

A number of proposals to strengthen transport relations between the two neighbouring countries were announced at a two-day joint economic meeting with the participation of the Minister of roads and urban development, Abbas Akhundi. Thus, the Iranian side offered to open a direct flight on the routes Tehran-Ashgabat and Mashhad-Ashgabat.

Special attention was also paid to the interaction of Turkmenistan and Iran in the projects of international corridors, for example, within the framework of the Ashgabat agreement on the creation of the Central Asia-Persian Gulf corridor, signed by India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

According to Akhundi, Iran hopes to expand the activity of the Central Asian railway corridor with the assistance of Turkmenistan and the participation of China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The parties also stressed the importance of the development of rail transit along the North-South transport corridor.

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