Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev speak in Tehran on April 11, 2016 after the conclusion of dozens of documents for cooperation. © president.ir
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic and Kazakhstan hold common positions on regional developments.
Rouhani made the remarks following the conclusion of dozens of documents for cooperation between Iran
and Kazakhstan during the current visit by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Tehran on Monday.
“The two countries of Iran and Kazakhstan share view on the point the voice of unity and cooperation in the Muslim world should be spread across the globe,” the Iranian president said.
He added that extremism, sectarian division and terrorism are the major threats to the Muslim world and called for the adoption of political approaches to establish stability in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and to put an end to the Saudi war in Yemen.
The Iranian president further said Tehran and Astana have always maintained cordial and growing relations since the independence of Kazakhstan some 25 years ago.
He added that Iranian and Kazakh officials signed 66 documents for cooperation between public and private sectors, saying the agreements mark a “turning point” in mutual relations.
He noted that Tehran and Astana would strengthen cooperation in different fields of economy, agriculture, science, culture, technology and communications.
The Iranian president said the two sides also reached agreements in the sectors of oil and gas, petrochemical industry, crude oil and petroleum products swap.
He added that bilateral cooperation in the Caspian Sea including marine transportation, tourism and the determination of the landlocked lake’s legal status were also discussed during talks with the Kazakh president.
Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Nazarbayev arrived in Tehran to discuss ways to improve mutual relations and the latest regional and international developments.
The Kazakh president’s two-day visit to Tehran comes at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart and in response to an earlier trip by Rouhani to Astana on September 8-9, 2014. The two presidents inked a number of agreements to boost cooperation in various fields, particularly in the economic sphere.