Tehran, Astana Discuss Mutual Transportation Cooperation


Tehran, Astana Discuss Mutual Transportation CooperationIranian and Kazakh officials in a meeting in Astana conferred on different ways to further develop mutual cooperation between the two countries, specially in the field of transportation.

Kazakh Transport and Communications Minister Berik Kamaliyev discussed cooperation prospects with the Iranian ambassador to Kazakhstan Qorban Seyfi, the ministry said.

Kamaliyev briefed Seyfi about main directions of the bilateral cooperation in transportation. In particular, he stressed that Airline Mahan Air carries out a flight on Tehran-Almaty-Tehran route every week.

He also invited the Iranian side to attend International Conference “TransEurasia 2011”, to be held on Nov.10-11, 2011 in Astana. He expressed hope that this large-scale event on transport and communication complex of the Eurasian continent, will be directed at strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between Europe and Asia in transport, in particular coordination of their transport policy.

Seyfi, for his part, said Kazakhstan and Iran are influential partners. In the spectrum of mutual relations transport is one of the main means of development of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Iran.

Iran has initiated massive diplomatic steps to expand its ties with the neighboring and the Central Asian states. President Ahmadinejad’s administration has in recent years paid special attention to Tehran’s economic, cultural and political cooperation with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who visited Astana in June to attend a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), met with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, and stressed Iran’s resolve to expand mutual cooperation with Kazakhstan.