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Kazakh president in Tehran for expansion of ties

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, visits Tehran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raeisi.

After an hour-long meeting, the two sides oversaw the signing of several cooperation documents on transport, energy, and tourism among other areas.

Simultaneously with the arrival of the Kazakh president, the first transit train which set out from Kazakhstan, arrived at the Tehran Railway Station, before heading for Turkey.

Carrying Sulfur, the container train started its first journey in line with the implementation of an MoU signed in May this year between Iran and Kazakhstan on launching a new Central Asia-Turkey-Europe corridor.

Iran was the first country that recognized Kazakhstan's independence, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. That was when Tehran and Nur-Sultan began their diplomatic ties. President Raeisi says the two nations have never been closer.

Iran and Kazakhstan are both members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). This provides a safe trading channel for the two countries, without worries over the impacts of US sanctions on Iran.

Since he took office less than a year ago, President Raeisi has been trying to establish closer neighborly ties, as he believes this would obviate the need for Iran to wait for the fate of the ailing 2015 deal with the world powers to improve its economy.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Iran and Kazakhstan's annual trade exceeded 1 billion dollars. But the pandemic pushed this figure down to around 200 million.

Today, the two presidents vowed to push the envelope on their countries' commercial interaction and set a 3 billion dollar mark for their annual trade.

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