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Iran Ready to Expand Banking, Tourism Relations with Kazakhstan

TEHRAN Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, in a meeting with Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Askar Mamin, said that his country is willing to broaden bilateral relations with the Central Asian country in areas of banking, tourism, and finance.

At the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the first Caspian Economic Forum underway in Turkmenistan's Awaza on Monday, Jahangiri and Mamin discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Tehran and Nur-Sultan.

Jahangiri said that Iran was ready to develop banking, commercial and tourism cooperation with Kazakhstan.

The senior Iranian official described the First Caspian Economic Forum in Awaza as beneficial for both peace and security in the region and strengthening ties among member countries.

The vice-president congratulated the recent successful presidential election in Kazakhstan, expressing hope that bilateral relation between Tehran and Nursultan would further expand during the new period.

He also pointed to the signing of 110 documents on cooperation between the two countries over the last three decades and the holding of a joint commission in the near future, calling for intensifying efforts to remove existing obstacles on the way of bilateral relations.

Jahangiri further expressed appreciation to Kazakhstan for hosting trilateral talks on Syria known as Astana Format, saying your country has played a good role in strengthening solidarity in the Muslim world in the past, and I hope it will go on with its initiatives.

Askar Mamin, for his part, emphasized the region's economic development as one of the objectives of first Caspian Economic Forum and declared his country's all-out readiness to boost regional and bilateral relations.

The prime minister added, "Joint plans and appropriate solutions can accelerate the development of bilateral relations and we hope to achieve that goal in the meeting of the Joint Commission which is going to be held in the near future.

Askar Mamin further said that he personally will look for ways to resolve trade barriers between the two countries, adding, "We appreciate Iran's support for our country's positions during Astana meetings and initiatives presented in the field of the Islamic world."

In June, the Iranian foreign ministry welcomed presidential elections in Kazakhstan, and expressed the hope that bilateral ties between Tehran and Nursultan would further reinvigorate during the presidency of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi welcomed democratic transition of power in Kazakhstan by the recent presidential elections, wishing success for the new Kazakh government to go ahead with economic development plans.

In a message, he expressed hope for development of relations between Iran and Kazakhstan during president Tokayev's term in office.

Earlier, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a message congratulated his Kazakh counterpart on his victory in the presidential election.

President Rouhani wished prosperity for the people of Kazakhstan, and expressed hope that bilateral relations would flourish during his tenure.

The 6th round of Kazakhstan presidential elections was held on June 9 and Tokayev won 70.76 percent of votes.

The former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down last March after 30 years in office.

Source: Fars News Agency