News ID: 276339
Published: 0302 GMT November 04, 2020

Kazakhstan's Kuryk port to launch new ferry operation to Iran

Kazakhstan's Kuryk port to launch new ferry operation to Iran

Kazakhstan's Kuryk port on the coast of the Caspian Sea plans to launch new ferry lines to Iran's Amirabad and Anzali ports as of mid-November, the Union of Kazakhstan Transport Workers (Kazlogics) said in a statement.

The initial freight will be carried by Russian vessels that can accommodate up to 32 heavy-duty vehicles, up to 17 meters long, with the one-way cost of freight at $1,600-$1,700, Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Located on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea, Kuryk port is located at the intersection of the East-West trade corridor linking Europe and East Asia and the North-South corridor linking Russia and India.

The ambassador of Kazakhstan in Tehran said in September that Iran is implementing extraterritorial cultivation projects in Kazakhstan, adding that rice and other crops are among the cultivated grains of Iran in the country.

Askhat Orazbay said that Iran is a friend and among his country’s foreign policy priorities.

Iran and Kazakhstan have no problems whatsoever with each other and are on good terms, said the ambassador.

Orazbay said both President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had said that Kazakhstan had never betrayed or bothered Iran.

He said his country has been a friendly nation to Iran and even hosted a meeting of nuclear negotiations of Iran.

Regarding the policy of his country not to sell land to foreigners, he said that it doesn’t mean they cannot be active there, adding that the government will develop other forms of agricultural participation in the economic cycle.


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