Iranian foreign minister meets Kazakh president

Iran Materials 15 December 2006 11:00 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met in Astana on Thursday with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the meeting, Mottaki referred to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message for his Kazakh counterpart and said the political officials of both countries have expressed their resolve to expand relations in all fields, reports Trend.

Mottaki said deliberations of Iranian and Kazakh presidents during Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit have given great impetus to bilateral ties and created considerable potential for upgrading cooperation in many field including industry, investment, technical and engineering services, road construction, banking, energy, and wheat and oil swaps.

The Iranian official said that expert consultations and his talks with Kazakh foreign minister would greatly contribute to the preparation of the political documents of the forthcoming Caspian Sea littoral states conference.

The Kazakh president in the meeting referred to certain fields of cooperation including oil swap through northern Iranian ports, joint plans for export from Kazakh port of Aqtau to Iran and Persian Gulf, and using north-south corridor for exporting Iranian commodities through Kazakhstan.

Nazarbayev also supported construction of a joint refinery in north of Iran as well as an Iranian petrochemical project in his country.