Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for efforts to facilitate free trade with Kazakhstan and other Eurasian countries.
Addressing a meeting of high-ranking delegations from Iran and Kazakhstan, held in Tehran on Monday, President Rouhani voiced Iran’s determination to enhance its ties with Kazakhstan.
Stressing the need for closer trade cooperation and banking relations between Tehran and Astana, he said developing transportation and linking the two countries’ railroads together will help to promote bilateral trade and regional transit of goods.
He also called for closer cooperation in agriculture, mining industry, healthcare and medicine, energy, academic projects, environment, transportation and shipping industry.
Rouhani further hailed Iran and Kazakhstan’s support for one another at the regional and international levels and urged enhanced cooperation between the two sides in regional organizations.
The Kazakh president, for his part, highlighted the influential role that Iran can play in the settlement of disputes among Muslim countries and in the fight against terrorism.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also expressed Kazakhstan’s support for Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU, EAEU).
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Kazakh president arrived in Tehran on Monday morning.
Dozens of memorandums of understanding (MoUs), documents and contracts were signed between Tehran and Astana on the first day of the official visit.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)