Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reports that the two leaders will meet again on July 25, before Ahmadinejad departs for Tajikistan.
This is Ahmadinejad's first official visit to Turkmenistan. The Iranian president is accompanied by several cabinet ministers.
The two sides were expected to discuss Turkmen gas exports to Iran and efforts to define the final status of the Caspian Sea.
The five states sharing the shores of the Caspian Sea have failed to agree on their respective maritime boundaries -- and the accompanying exploitation of resources -- since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia have reached an accord, but Iran and Turkmenistan have not signed on to it.
Human Rights In Turkmenistan
LIFE UNDER NIYAZOV: On July 21, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by TAJIGUL BEGMEDOVA, chairwoman of the Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (THF). Begmedova discussed the human rights situation in Turkmenistan under President Saparmural Niyazov, focusing on the arrests in June of THF activists and RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. Begmedova, who graduated from the Institute of Economy in Moscow in 1987, fled Turkmenistan in 2002 and lives in exile in Sofia.
LISTENListen to the complete presentation (36 minutes; presentation in Russian with consecutive translation into English):
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