NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Iran will provide land in the ports of Bandar Abbas and Amirabad for Kazakhstan to build logistics centers for exporting goods through Iran to the Persian Gulf markets. Agreements on the issue were reached after the meetings of Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi with Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Jahad Yazdan Seif in Tehran last week, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.
The sides discussed the current state and prospects of trade and economic cooperation, in particular, the development of transit-transport potential and agricultural exports to Iran. In 2018, trade between Kazakhstan and Iran amounted to $516.3 million.
The sides also confirmed their interest in holding the 16th meeting of the Kazakh-Iranian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation in Nur-Sultan in the near future.
Mukhtar Tileuberdi visited Iran for Kazakh-Iranian political consultations held in the framework of the Five-Year Program of Cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.
Tileuberdi met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Seyyed Abbas Araghchi. They discussed further development of bilateral cooperation, interaction within international organizations, and exchanged views on regional and global security.
Attention was also paid to bilateral cooperation in the Caspian region.
The parties noted the positive dynamics of bilateral interaction in transit, transport and agricultural areas, and emphasized the importance of enhancing the use of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway route with further access to the Gulf region.