Ambassador: Iran strives to increase trade turnover with Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 11 / Trend A. Maratov /
Kazakhstan and Iran are influential partners. Transportation is one of the main means of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, Iranian extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Kazakhstan Gorban Seyfi said at a meeting with Kazakh Minister of Transport and Communications Berik Kamaliev.
"Iran's leadership aspires to increase trade turnover between our two countries up to $10 billion," diplomat said.
Kazakh Transport Minister informed ambassador about the main directions of bilateral cooperation in the field of transport. In particular, Minister stressed that "Mahan Air" airline makes one flight Tehran - Almaty - Tehran per week in the field of civil aviation airline.
Iranian company "Dena Rahsaz" takes an active part in implementing Kazakh mega-project "Western Europe - Western China".
The construction of the railway line Uzen - Gyzylgaya - Bereket - Etrek - Gorgan is an important joint project in the area of rail transport. The road has huge potential to increase the transportation of goods in the direction of the Persian Gulf and back.
The Turkmen side intends to complete constructing its part of the railway line this year. Minister Kamaliev asked ambassador to assist in intensifying the operations in the Iranian territory.
The sides cooperate in the transportation of goods between the port of Aktau and Iranian ports. They transport mainly oil, metals, grain and vehicles.
Kamaliev invited the Iranian side to take part in the International Conference "TRANSEURASIA-2011" to be held in Astana on November 10-11, 2011. He hopes that the event will focus on strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between Europe and Asia in the field of transport.
As a co-chairman of the Kazakh-Iranian intergovernmental commission on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation, Minister Kamaliev proposed to hold the next 12th meeting of the intergovernmental commission in Astana in November this year.
Iranian ambassador to Kazakhstan said that a lot of Iranian companies work in Kazakhstan.
Both sides hope that Kazakhstan and Iran will continue working to further develop trade and economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation.