Ambassador: Kazakhstan holds special place in Iran’s foreign policy
Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 15 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Kazakhstan holds a special place in Iran's foreign policy, Iran's ambassador to Astana Gorban Seyfi told Trend on Tuesday.
"One of the priorities mentioned in our Constitution is the establishment of relations with the Islamic countries and Kazakhstan is one such," he said.
Kazakhstan has been chosen as the venue for hosting the next round of talks on the nuclear programme between Iran and the 'Six' mediators to be held on February 26.
Earlier, Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov said that Kazakhstan is ready to deliver a platform and create good conditions for the negotiations on the nuclear programme between the international community and Iran.
He said that the process of choosing Kazakhstan as the venue for the negotiations is connected with the policy of the Islamic Republic to expand relations with neighbouring countries.
"The policy of our country envisages the establishment of relations with its neighbours, and Kazakhstan is our neighbour," he said. "Moreover, there is the political will of our leaders aimed at expanding and developing relations."
In 2012, representatives of the 'Six' (Russia, US, China, France, Great Britain and Germany) and Tehran held three rounds of talks in Istanbul (April 14), Baghdad (May 23-24) and Moscow (June 18-19). All these meetings ended without any breakthrough.
Talks between the 'Six' and Iran have not been conducted for more than a year.
The U.S and other Western countries and Israel suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear programme.
Tehran says that its nuclear programme is aimed solely at meeting the country's electricity needs.