Kazakhstan’s president to visit Iran

Iran Materials 14 March 2007 16:04 (UTC +04:00)

( IRNA ) - President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan will visit Iran soon for talks with Iranian leaders, said Kazakh Ambassador to Iran Yerik Utembayev.

The ambassador did not give an exact date for the visit but said the visit will aim to strengthen bilateral political and economic relations.

Talking to IRNA, he said Iran-Kazakhstan Joint Economic Cooperation Commission will meet during Nazarbayev's visit to Tehran.

Iran and Kazakhstan together with Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan border the Caspian Sea shores.

Iran is to host the five Caspian countries at a summit in Tehran in the first quarter of 2007. The upcoming summit, which Nazarbayev has agreed to attend, could be a turning point in relations between the states around the landlocked sea.

Pointing to Nazarbayev's annual message to the Kazakh nation on the last day of February under the title of "New Kazakhstan in a New World", the ambassador said Nazarbayev had outlined the strategy of Kazakhstan's development for the next decade.

"WTO entry on terms that are beneficial for Kazakhstan is the goal that we've got to achieve," Nazarbayev said in his message.

"Kazakhstan intends to negotiate with its regional neighbors a more favorable business climate in Central Asia which will allow Kazakh companies to freely invest in neighboring countries and remove bureaucratic and protectionist barriers to imports and exports, as well as to the movement of capital and the workforce," he said.