Bitaraf was welcomed by his Turkmen counterpart at Ashkhabad Airport.
He is scheduled to meet with Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov Thursday evening.
Bitaraf is to explore avenues for expansion of Tehran-Ashkhabad cooperation and sign an agreement for cooperation in the field of electricity energy with Turkmen energy ministry officials. Iran`s Special Envoy for Caspian Affairs Mehdi Safari and energy ministry`s deputies for water and electricity affairs are accompanying Bitaraf in his tour.
Tehran and Ashkhabad signed an agreement on export of Turkmenistan`s electricity to the Iran in May, 2003. The agreement was signed between Iranian Deputy Energy Minister for Electricity Affairs Massoud Hojjat and the Turkmen minister of energy and industries.
It follows a directive by President Niyazov to authorize the Ministry of Energy and Industries to proceed on a deal on exporting an annual volume of 640 million kilowatts of electricity to Iran. Under the directive, the value of a kilowatt-hour of electricity that Turkmenistan would export to Iran would be two US cents, and the annual value of the total exports would be Dlrs 12.8 million.
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