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2021-November-26  14:25

FM: Iran Ready to Help Turkmenistan for Successful Holding of ECO Summit

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a telephone conversation with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov voiced the Islamic Republic's readiness to provide assistance to Turkmenistan in the successful holding of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Ashgabat.

During the phone talk, Amir Abdollahian and Meredov exchanged views on bilateral relations and the holding of the ECO summit in Ashgabat.

"We are ready to assist Turkmenistan in the successful holding of the ECO summit," Amir Abdollahian said while conveying the greetings by Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi to his Turkmen counterpart.

Referring to the participation of the Iranian president in this regional summit, the Iranian top diplomat stressed that this is an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries.

The Turkmen foreign minister, for his part, said that the ECO summit will be held in the presence of senior economic officials of ECO member-states.

"Some economic meetings will be held at the venue of Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry," Meredov added.

He appreciated the active presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the mentioned meetings and expressed hope that these meetings will be more fruitful in order to develop and expand relations and cooperation between the countries of the region.

In a relevant development earlier this week, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in a meeting with ECO Secretary-General Khusrav Noziri stressed Tehran’s special attention to the development of cooperation among the regional states.

“Any obstacles and problems on the way of the development of cooperation should be removed so that the economic exchanges and relations of the ECO member states can be carried out at a higher and superior level,” Rayeesi said in the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

"Each member of the ECO has a lot of economic potentials in various fields, the activation of which can lead to economic prosperity in the region," he added.

President Rayeesi referred to the capacities of the ECO member states in the fields of energy, trade, transportation, digital economy, maritime economy and tourism, and said, "Comprehensive plans and actions of the ECO Secretariat to activate these capacities can bring economic prosperity to the region and development for the ECO member states.”

He emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the activation and development of ECO activities, and said, "Tehran attaches special importance to regional cooperation in the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organization and supports such activities."

In relevant remarks last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced his country’s continued support for the ECO and willingness to further expand ties and cooperation with its members.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Noziri in Tehran.

Amir Abdollahian hailed the implementation of a number of long-term and infrastructure projects by the ECO in various fields, including transportation, trade, monetary and banking sections, and expressed hope that the remaining plans would be completed during the tenure of Noziri, who took office in August.

He further said that Iran would continue to support the ECO and its chief and expressed hope that ECO member states would make important decisions that would strengthen regional cooperation during the upcoming summit of the organization.

Noziri, for his part, commended Iran’s support for his appointment as the new ECO secretary general and outlined plans for the 15th ECO Summit, which is scheduled to be held on November 28, 2021 in Turkmenistan.

The ECO chief said Iran plays a leading role in the Asian political and economic intergovernmental organization and called for the continuation of Tehran’s support.