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Zarif: Iran to remain most secure partner in region

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message hailed his tour to Turkmenistan and India, stressing the fact that Iran will remain a secure partner in the region.

'Just had excellent talks in Turkmenistan and India. Those who actually live in our fragile neighborhood have a real national security interest in promoting peace, stability, cooperation and connectivity,' Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Tuesday.

He reiterated: 'Iran remains a most accessible, efficient, sustainable and secure partner.'

Zarif travelled to India on Tuesday in a bid to hold talks with Indian authorities over several regional issues such as the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as the peace process in Afghanistan.

'India shares common views with Iran in many aspects and holding such negotiations is necessary for bilateral relations,' Zarif stressed.

Earlier on Sunday, Zarif, heading a highranking politicoeconomic delegation, arrived in Ashgabat for a series of talks with senior Turkmen officials.

During his stay in Turkmenistan, the Iranian foreign minister met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Zarif and Turkmen officials discussed various bilateral, regional and international developments.

Iran and Turkmenistan share over 1,000 km border, including the Caspian Sea coastline.

The two sides have enjoyed good relations since Turkmenistan gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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