News ID: 269980
Published: 0307 GMT June 09, 2020

Sarakhs Bridge opens new era in Iran-Turkmenistan cooperation: Minister

Sarakhs Bridge opens new era in Iran-Turkmenistan cooperation: Minister

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said that Tehran has always sought to strengthen relations with Ashgabat by removing barriers, adding that a new chapter in relations between the two countries has begun after making progress in the implementation of joint projects.

“The new Sarakhs Bridge was built based on previous agreements with Turkmenistan, and we were able to complete the bridge successfully despite difficulties,” Eslami said, according to Fars News Agency.

“Turkmenistan is one of the routes from the International North-South Transit Corridor and part of the Silk Road that continues to China, and transportation via the Silk Road is by both train and truck,” Eslami said.

He noted that Iran and Turkmenistan have sought to reach a common understanding and develop mutual cooperation, saying, “This is in line with the goal which the Iranian and Turkmen officials have been seeking.”

Eslami said that Iran was fully prepared to resume trade with the Central Asian countries through the Turkmenistan border.

He expressed hope that the three border crossings between Iran and Turkmenistan, namely, Sarakhs, Lotfabad and Incheboron, would reopen as soon as possible to allow trade between the two countries to resume.

Iran and Turkmenistan inaugurated a border bridge between the two countries on Monday evening.

The opening of the Sarakhs Bridge comes as Iran and Turkmenistan have yet to fully open their borders after more than three months of closure over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Iran has erected sanitizing installations at the border, including several 20-meter-long tunnels, to ensure shipments passing through the frontier are free of any virus.

In April, Iranian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Abbas Ali Arbab-Khales underlined the willingness of officials in Tehran and Ashgabat to deepen bilateral relations.

“Expanding relations and increasing transit cooperation between Iran and Turkmenistan in roads and railroads while removing restrictions are necessary,” Arbab-Khales said.

He informed of his full preparedness to help expand different economic relations, especially the potentials that have not yet been realized.

Focusing on capabilities of border provinces like industries, construction, agriculture, academics, and novel sciences, the official added that these capabilities can act as a good ground for expansion of relations.


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