Kyrgyzstan President arrives in Tehran for talks over ties
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on an official visit that will mainly focus on expansion of mutual relations, Press TV reported.
Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Atambayev is in Tehran upon the official invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
During his three-day stay in Tehran, the Kyrgyz president is to exchange views with his Iranian counterpart and other top officials on ways to further improve mutual ties in political, economic and cultural fields.
Iranian and Kyrgyz officials are also scheduled to sign documents for cooperation in different sectors.
The construction of a new railway track connecting Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China is an important issue on the agenda of talks between the Iranian and Kyrgyz presidents.
Chief of the Kyrgyz presidential administration's foreign affairs department Sapar Isakov had earlier said ties between Kyrgyzstan and Iran "have been developing in a favorable manner."
He said Atambayev's visit to Iran "will open new prospects for cooperation, including in the sphere of investment in the Kyrgyz economy."
President Rouhani paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan in September 2013 to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. On the sidelines of the summit, he held talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart and a number of other senior officials taking part in the event.
Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the six permanent members of the SCO. Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia have observer status at the organization.