Iran determined to enhance ties with Kazakhstan – Foreign Minister
Apr 27. Trend
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has underscored Iran and Kazakhstan’s determination to enhance bilateral ties in all spheres, Press TV reported.
“The leaders of both countries are resolved to further expand and consolidate brotherly and friendly mutual ties in all areas,” said Salehi at a Friday meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Erlan Idrisov on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The conference, which mainly focuses on the future of Afghanistan, is aimed at creating trust and enhancing cooperation among the regional players.
Salehi expressed optimism that bilateral economic and trade cooperation will witness a further growth after the 13th meeting of the Iran- Kazakhstan Joint Economic Commission in the near future and inauguration of the Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan railway next month.
He also called for more active cooperation between the two countries’ parliamentary friendship groups.
The Iranian foreign minister also invited his Kazakh opposite number to visit Iran.
Idrisov, for his part, praised Tehran-Astana ties as “excellent” and called for enhancement of cooperation in transportation and communications as well as a meeting of the Joint Economic Commission.
He underlined the importance of Iran’s participation in the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference as Iran is an effective regional player and the key neighbor of Afghanistan.
The Kazakh foreign minister pointed to the efforts aimed at promoting stability and progress in Afghanistan, noting that economic development and improvement of infrastructure and communications in Afghanistan will lead to growth in trade, cultural, and educational interaction.
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Salehi: Iran against waste of time in P5+1 talks
Apr 27. Trend
Iran should not let time go by, and the Islamic Republic has has constantly announced its readiness for talks with P5+1 group, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters at the end of his visit to Kazakhstan on Friday.
Salehi was on an official visit to Kazakhstan to attend the “Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference” with a focus on Afghanistan.
“[Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan] Nazarbayev announced his country’s readiness to host the Almaty 3 meeting…,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
If the P5+1 countries announce their readiness to continue the negotiations with Iran, both sides can proceed with their discussions in the Almaty 3 talks, he underlined.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, Britain, France, and the US – plus Germany, have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The two sides wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on April 6 in the Kazakh city of Almaty. An earlier meeting had also been held there on February 26-27.
EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, represented the group of six powers while Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili headed the Iranian negotiating team.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon – something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.