TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Turkmenistan on the anniversary of the UN declaration of its permanent neutrality status, hailing the post-Soviet nation for its push for peace and stability.

In a message to his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Tuesday, Rouhani offered congratulations to the neighboring country on the celebration of Day of Neutrality.

“It is gratifying that December 12 has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Neutrality Day on Turkmenistan’s initiative,” he said.

“I would like to emphasize that the development of friendly and comprehensive relations with Turkmenistan is of particular importance to us. We are happy that Turkmenistan is still taking serious, practical steps within the framework of neutrality policy in order to consolidate peace, stability and development in the region,” the president’s official website quoted him as saying.

Neutrality Day is the second most important national holiday in Turkmenistan, celebrated on December 12.

On the same day in 1995, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring "the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan."