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Tbilisi supports Tehranís active role in region - Georgian president

Tuesday, December 15
Tbilisi supports Tehranís active role in the establishment of peace and stability in the region, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said on Saturday, Irna reported.

He made the remarks during his meeting with Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri on the sidelines of the 20th anniversary conference of the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan.

The Georgian President welcomed the expansion of ties between Tehran and Tbilisi, adding that connecting the Caucasus to the Middle East can enhance peace and stability in the region and result in the development of regional states.

He urged an increase of negotiations between Tehran and Tbilisi high-ranking officials, adding that the development of Georgian infrastructure and transit routes are top priorities of the countryís government.

He also called the Black Sea the sea of peace, noting that all the Black Sea littoral states including Bulgaria and Romania are interested in expanding regional transit routes.

Tbilisi supports Iranís active role in the establishment of peace in the region, Margvelashvili said adding that Georgian people are interested in Iranian poetry and culture.

The 20th anniversary conference of the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan ended Saturday afternoon with emphasis on the expansion of multilateralism and the fight against terrorism.

Many heads of states from the world and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) attended the ceremony.

The Turkmen and Afghan presidents, the Pakistani Prime minister as well as the Indian vice president were all in attendance. Many at the conference called TAPI gas pipeline a pre-requisite for boosting the regional economy.

Turkmenistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of Permanent Neutrality in the presence of delegates from around 70 countries - including Iran - on Saturday.

First Vice President Jahangiri, heading a high ranking delegation attended the anniversary of Turkmenistan neutrality.

The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the recognition by the international community of the legal status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan in accordance with a respective United Nations General Assembly resolution.