Iran, Kazakhstan Seek to Expand Ties

A031190613.jpgThe Islamic Republic of Iran and Kazakhstan do not feel restricted in expanding mutual cooperation, Iran’s First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said in a meeting with Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Masimov on Friday. During the meeting, Davoudi noted the agreements made during the recent Caspian Sea Summit in Tehran, and stressed the necessity for accelerating implementation of bilateral agreements and contracts between the two states.

He also mentioned oil, gas and energy transfer as well as establishment of industrial townships, shipping and transportation, auto-manufacturing, construction of power plans and joint ventures as among the abundant grounds existing for the further bolstering of Tehran-Astana cooperation and relations.

Davoudi also voiced Tehran’s preparedness to transfer its valuable achievements and experiences to the neighboring countries, and expressed the hope that Kazakhstan would always step ahead on the path of growth through the expansion of bilateral ties with Iran.

For his part, the Kazakh premier noted the successful holding of the summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states and the recent visit to Tehran by his country’s president, and said, “Kazakhstan and the Islamic Republic of Iran enjoy very good potentials for deepening their ties and these potentials must be activated rapidly.”

Karim Masimov further stated Kazakh companies’ willingness to cooperate with Iran’s private sector, and said that the two countries can further expand mutual cooperation and relations in such areas as transit of goods and energy, transportation and railroad construction.

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