Iran and Kazakhstan review expansion of bilateral ties

Feb 04, 2001 01:00 AM

The visiting Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov and his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi reviewed expansion of bilateral ties, regional cooperation, legal regime of the Caspian Sea and the critical situation in the neighbouring Afghanistan. Idrisov arrived to submit a written message from Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to President Mohammad Khatami.
Referring to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a large country with an ancient history, he voiced his country's interests in further promoting ties with Tehran. Underlining the need for promotion of all-out ties between the two countries particularly in the areas of economy and transfer of energy, he said that Almaty believes the Iranian route is the most economical one for transfer of Kazakh oil to international markets. Stressing continued consultations among the littoral states of the Caspian Sea in order to achieve a durable consensus for utilizing the sea resources, he voiced his country's readiness to participate in the future meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the five Caspian littoral states in Tehran.
Praising Iran's great efforts to restore peace and tranquillity to the war-torn Afghanistan, the Kazakh foreign minister called on all world countries to help settle the crisis. During the meeting, Idrisov submitted President Nazarbayev's message for his Iranian counterpart to Kharrazi. Terming the current trend of Tehran-Almaty relations as positive, Kharrazi called for acceleration of bilateral cooperation.

He further underlined the need for taking serious and practical steps towards further development of the two countries' relations, in the field of transfer of energy in particular. Referring to common interests of all the Caspian Sea littoral states, he stressed on compilation of a comprehensive and durable regime within which interests of all member states could be provided.
He expressed the hope that the meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states to be held in Tehran will be fruitful. Kharrazi also hoped that following compilation of the sea legal regime, leaders of all Caspian Sea countries will sign a document on permanent cooperation in line with establishment of peace and friendship in the sea.
Terming the situation in Afghanistan as being catastrophic, the Iranian foreign minister urged all regional states to help end the crisis. Referring to problems resulting from the Afghan war including smuggling of narcotic drugs, he underlined the need for global efforts to help establish stability and tranquillity in that country. At the end of the meeting, Kharrazi expressed the hope that Tehran-Almaty cooperation will be strengthened in line with the two sides' potentials.

Source: IRNA
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