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Turkmen president formally greets Iranian counterpart

Ashkhabad, July 24, IRNA-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was formally greeted in Ashkhabad by his Turkmen counterpart Saparmurat Niyazov on Monday.

The official ceremony was held in the Turkmen presidential palace in Ashkhabad with the two countries' anthems being played and the two president reviewing the honer guard.

Then, the two presidents started negotiations at the presidential palace after the end of the greeting ceremony.

During the meeting, held in the absence of reporters, the two sides discussed matter of mutual interest.

Ahmadinejad arrived here Monday on a two day official visit at the head of a high-ranking delegation.

The Turkmen parliament speaker and foreign were present at the airport to greet the Iranian president.

During Ahmadinejad's stay, Iran-Turkmenistan economic commission is to meet and some documents on bilateral cooperation signed.

Also, Bajgiran-Hooman border terminal will be inaugurated on Tuesday and Iran's economic exhibition will get underway in the Turkmen capital.

The Iranian ministers of foreign affairs, commerce, energy and oil are accompanying the Iranian president on his visit to this Central Asian republic.

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