Turkmenistan to host 3rd Iran-Project Expo
TEHRAN – Turkmenistan is to host the 3rd edition of Iran's exclusive exhibition of oil, gas and petrochemicals, water and electricity, construction industry as well as engineering and technical services, known as “Iran Project-2016”, Fars news agency reported on Sunday.
“The exhibition and also an Iran-Turkmenistan joint business forum will be held in Turkmen capital city of Ashgabat from August 18 to 20, Fars quoted Hassan Mortaji, director of the event in Turkmenistan, as saying.
Mortaji noted that the joint trade forum as well as the exhibition, covering various sectors such as oil, gas, petrochemicals, construction, electricity, water, food, banking, automobile, agriculture, rail transportation, medical equipment, tourism and insurance, aim to increase the volume of non-oil exports to Turkmenistan and also to promote trade relations between the two countries.
“In the post-sanctions era the condition is ripe for increasing economic cooperation with neighboring countries and Iran sees Turkmenistan not only as a destination for its goods but also as a hub to access to Central Asian countries,” he added.
On May 28, during a meeting with Turkmen foreign Minister Rashid Meredow in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Iran as a gateway for linking Central Asian countries to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and Turkmenistan as Iran's route to access Central Asia.
He added, “Iran and Turkmenistan have had successful joint cooperation which should be improved in line with serving the interests of the two nations and developing regional cooperation.”
Rouhani said the Caspian Sea’s capacities should be used to expand ties.
Meredow called for expansion of cooperation in various spheres given affinities between the two neighboring countries.
Iran and Turkmenistan share sea and land borders. The two countries are also linked by a railway system which extends to Central Asia.