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Turkmenistan, Iran Seek Closer Ties as Antidote to Isolation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) and Turkmenistani President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov watch their two health ministers sign agreements between the neighboring countries in late November 2015 in Tehran, Iran. The two countries have been actively building their relations the past few years, including recently signing a deal for Turkmenistan to import $2.5 billion worth of engineering goods and services from Iran. (Photo: Iranian Presidential Press Service)

Turkmenistan finds itself isolated of its own volition, Iran through international sanctions. Over the last month, the two countries, which share a 922-kilometer border, have engaged in a flurry of diplomatic and economic activity that should boost bilateral relations.
 
In late June, Turkmenistan concluded a deal to import $2.5 billion worth of engineering goods and services from Iran, according to a report posted on Iran’s Oil Ministry website. No timeframe or breakdown was provided for the agreement, but this appears to fall into an established pattern.
 

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