New Iranian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Appointed

New Iranian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Appointed

Golam Abbas Arbab Khales has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Turkmenistan.

According to the press service of the President of Iran, the new Iranian ambassador to Turkmenistan, yesterday, together with the other 9 newly appointed ambassadors of Iran in Tunisia, Pakistan, Finland, Congo, New Zealand, the Republic of Guinea, Kenya, Senegal, met with Hassan Rukhani before being sent to a diplomatic mission.

Prior to this appointment, Golam Abbas Arbab Khales headed the regional representation of the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Mashhad. He will replace Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi, who has represented Iran in Ashgabat since January 2016.

Turkmenistan and Iran share a common border, which adjoins three of the five regions of Turkmenistan, as well as centuries-old historical, confessional and civilizational proximity. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established in 1992, since then good relations have been maintained between the states, and cooperation has been developing in the economic, transport and energy sectors.

For Turkmenistan, Iran is one of the largest economic partners, in cooperation with which dozens of large-scale projects have been or are being implemented. The Tejen-Serakhs-Mashhad railway, commissioned in 1996, and the transnational Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway, opened in 2014, helped to optimize traffic flows throughout the Eurasian space.

In 2003, a jointly constructed power line was put into operation between the city of Balkanabat (Turkmenistan) and the Iranian Aliabad. There is also a power line stretching from the large regional center of Mary to the Iranian Mashhad, with the introduction of which Iran received 2.4 billion kW/h from Turkmenistan.

Over the years, such large projects have been implemented in the Turkmen-Iranian border area, as a new road bridge over the Tejen River at the Serakhs-Serakhs checkpoint, Dostluk dam, fiber-optic communications, construction of liquefied gas terminals at an oil refinery in the city of Turkmenbashi.

On May 12, 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid a working visit to Ashgabat, where he met with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov. The heads of the foreign affairs agencies discussed a number of topical issues and prospects for the development of mutually beneficial Turkmen-Iranian relations in the political, trade, economic and humanitarian spheres.

According to the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, 142 enterprises of various forms of ownership with the participation of Iranian capital, including limited partnerships, subsidiaries, representative offices, branches, are registered in the country.