The governor of Akhal province in Turkmenistan announced readiness to hold horse racing competitions with North Khorasan province in Iran.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, quoting public relations of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of North Khorasan, the governor of Akhal province Yarmohammad Ghorbanov in a video conference with the governor of North Khorasan, Mohammad Ali Shojaei, called for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two provinces.
He said: "Considering the common cultural and historical values that the two provinces share, we announce our readiness to cooperate in all areas of mutual interest."
The governor of North Khorasan also asked for arranging tours with regard to Bojnourd-Ashgabat direct flight.
Shojaei further pointed to the long history of traditional wrestling in the two countries and said: "North Khorasan is fully prepared to hold national team camps and sports tournaments and send sports coaches to Turkmenistan."
The governor of North Khorasan added: "we can hold festivals on Turkmen rugs and pure bred Turkmen horses, as one of the commonalities of the two provinces."
Despite having a 301-kilometer secure land border with Turkmenistan, North Khorasan Province has no border crossings with neighboring countries.
Over 10 percent of 863,000 population of the province are Turkmen, mainly live in the cities of Raz and Jirgalan, Maneh, Samolghan and Bojnourd.