Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to boost cooperation with energy-rich Turkmenistan on Wednesday. After talks with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, the Iranian president stressed that the neighboring states’ shared Islamic culture and said, “Iran supports Turkmenistan in all areas of development.”
“We had a useful exchange of views on questions of political and economic cooperation and discussed promising issues of relevance to both countries,” Ahmadinejad said.
“I’m sure that our border will always be a border of friendship.”
Berdymukhamedov took over in December from the Saparmurat Niyazov.
Berdymukhamedov said there were “great prospects” for cooperation with Iran and added that they had discussed “joint use of fossil fuel resources,” without going into details.
While Iran has its own huge natural gas reserves, it buys significant gas supplies from Turkmenistan via a pipeline into the north of the Islamic republic.