0629 GMT January 19, 2020
'In our foreign policy our top priority is expansion of relations with regional and especially neighboring countries,' said the president in a press briefing, adding that during the course of the past 18 months he has had three meetings with his counterpart from Turkmenistan in Tehran, Dushanbe, and Gorgan, a city north of Iran.
President Rouhani said that this visit is in fact in response to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow's visit of Tehran and on his invitation.
He said that several documents and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) will be signed during this visit.
'We are in an appropriate status regarding technical and engineering services and have capable technicians in petrochemical, power station, dam construction, road and bridge construction fields with high expertise,' he said.
Rouhani said that Iran imports gas from Turkmenistan and also exchanges electrical power with that country, but in this visit the objective is further diversifying the two countries' trade transactions in addition to the expansion of political, scientific and cultural relations.
The Iranian president left Tehran for Ashkhabad on Tuesday evening at the top of a high ranking delegation for a two-day official visit in which consultations on the Caspian Sea legal status and campaign against terrorism and extremism, too, will be on the agenda.