MRUD News—Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development and Turkmenistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs sought ways to remove restrictions on expanding transit and trade between the two countries in a video-conference meeting on 27 August.
Mohammad Eslami and Raşit Meredow discussed bilateral affairs in transport sector and emphasized on taking prompt measures to remove transit restrictions between the two countries, expanding regional cooperation, and development of strategic, economic, and commercial cooperation particularly during covid-19 pandemics.
Eslami pointed to health anti-corona measures taken in Iran that has considerably decreased their impacts in transport sector. Currently border transactions are running in 30 common borders with neighbors with strict enforcement of health protocols, he informed.
Eslami said Iran's borders have reliable and facilitating commercial ties with the neighbors and expressed hope over increasing transactions with neighboring countries up to previous volume.
Iran's Minister expressed concerns over halt in border operations which has created many problems for the two countries. In this case, the Presidents of Iran and Turkmenistan had top-level talks for strategic long term relations which needs to be followed up by responsible authorities in order to develop a road map of cooperation and compile necessary measures and define how to achieve them.
Eslami pointed to the investment of Turkmenistan in one of the Southern Ports of Iran and added that this investment is one of the most important areas of cooperation between the two countries. Iran asked Turkmenistan to resume talks by inviting Turkmenistan's representative.
Eslami also emphasized on the necessity of prompt opening and ease of traffic through Sarakhs and Inchebroune Borders. Considering the importance of preventing stops at rail borders, he asked the Turkmen side to remove these problems.
Eslami added that Iran foreign Policy is based on developing cooperation, trust-building, and facilitation of commercial relations between countries especially with the neighboring countries.
On the port relations, Iran and Turkmenistan have good cooperation with each other and Iran's approach is based on technical and specialized framework previously agreed on with Turkmenistan. Similarly Iran expects Turkmenbashi Port to manage facilitated traffic of Iranian ships.
On the road transport, Eslami enumerated opening of the borders for export and import as well as transit among intended goals of road transport. The road routes have been operated for years and great experiences necessitate bilateral cooperation in this field. Moreover, observing health protocols in the road fleet will guarantee health in trade and transit.