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Turkmenistan: Iran's Foreign Minister Visits

Ashgabat, 23 April 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati continues his tour of Central Asia with a stop today in Ashgabat.

Velayati is personally inviting President Saparmurad Niyazov to a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Teheran in December. Velayati has made such invitations on each of his stops.

According to Itar-Tass news agency, Velayati and Niyazov today met for two hours on a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations, and multi-lateral relations between other former Soviet republics and Iran. Regional issues were also discussed. The date for a visit to Turkmenistan of Iran's President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was also set for May 10-14.